Leeds United have sacked manager Jesse Marsch two days before heading to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

The Whites have taken the decision to sack the 49-year-old American following yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at The City Ground, the club confirmed .

Marsch, who was appointed as Leeds boss on February 28, 2022, following the departure of Marcelo Bielsa, was in charge at Elland Road for less than a year.

He was in charge for 37 games, and he finished with a record of 11 wins, ten draws and 16 losses.

Marsch departs with Leeds in 17th place in the Premier League table, on level points with Everton in 18th and just three points above bottom-placed Southampton.

Leeds haven’t won any of their last seven Premier League games, and the West Yorkshire side’s last win in the top-flight came against Bournemouth in November.

Leeds United sack Jesse Marsch ahead of Manchester United double header

Leeds face rivals Manchester United at the Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday night before a reverse game against the same side at Elland Road on Sunday.

With the former Red Bull Leipzig manager no longer at the helm at Elland Road, the American will miss out on a reunion with Red Devils midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

United’s deadline day loan signing from Bayern Munich played twice under Marsch for Leipzig before joining Bayern in August 2021.

Chris Armas could be in caretaker charge against Manchester United

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Chris Armas, who was Ralf Rangnick’s assistant at Manchester United last season, is now placed in caretaker charge of Leeds United to take on the twenty-time league champions judging by the club’s statement regarding Marsch’s sacking.

Armas was only appointed Leeds’s assistant manager at the end of last month, but there is no mention of him following Marsch out of the club.

Leeds United’s statement: “Leeds United can confirm head coach Jesse Marsch has been relieved of his duties.

“Jesse joined the club in February 2022 and was instrumental in keeping the club in the Premier League on the final day of last season.

“Rene Maric, Cameron Toshack and Pierre Barrieu will also leave the club.

“We would like to thank Jesse and his backroom staff for their efforts and wish them well for the future.

“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway and we will continue to keep supporters up to date throughout the coming days.”

Leeds confirmed that Chris Armas is part of a three-man caretaker coaching team taking charge against Manchester United.

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