Leeds boss Jesse Marsch says he is expecting to continue in his role at the club beyond the end of the season – even if they are relegated from the Premier League on Sunday.
Marsch, who was tasked with keeping the Yorkshire outfit in the division when he replaced Marcelo Bielsa in February, knows his side must better Burnley’s result against Newcastle in order to stay up.
They travel to Brentford, who will impressively record a mid-table finish in their first season in the Premier League, in what will be a tricky game in west London.
When asked if he would remain in charge irrespective of which division Leeds are in, the American said: “Yeah, absolutely.
“When we talked about coming, this was about a long-term project and I’m thankful that the club committed to me in that way.
“Now you always know as a manager, when things get tough you never know what the future can hold.
“But I believe the connections we have made and the work, style and ideas of what we think this football life is, really mesh well together.
“The support I’ve had from everyone has been amazing, but right now in this moment I’m not thinking about the long-term project, only about Sunday and preparing for that.”
Leeds slipped back into the bottom three on Thursday night when the point Burnley secured from their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa lifted them above Marsch’s side on goal difference.
There has been speculation about the future of several of the club’s star players throughout Leeds’ troubled second season in the English top flight.
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been linked with several top six clubs, most recently Manchester City, while Raphinha is reportedly keen to seal a dream move to Barcelona.
“I haven’t gone through player by player and through those scenarios for exactly what the consequences could be,” Marsch said.
“But I’m very aware the best chance for us – there’s always changes season to season, always – but the best chance to keep the core of the group together is to stay in the league.
“I’ve really enjoyed the group. I would hate to see some of the guys go because I’ve made a real connection with the players here.
“We’ve really enjoyed our time together and I think there’s big potential of what we could become, so a big part of my personal motivation is to continue the relationships I have.”
Marsch added that he hopes Patrick Bamford can give his side a major lift by making his first appearance since mid-March on Sunday after recovering from injury.
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