Football: Soccer-Leeds owner backs Marsch, says will improve squad after avoiding relegation

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LONDON (Reuters) – Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has pledged to work with supervisor Jesse Marsch on enhancing the squad for subsequent season after they narrowly prevented relegation on the final day of the Premier League marketing campaign.

Leeds went into the ultimate day within the backside three however their late 2-1 win over Brentford, coupled with Burnley’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United, meant they stayed up.

“This has been a painful season for everybody, from the board to the followers within the stands, the altering room to the ticket workplace, it has been a battle,” wrote Radrizzani in a message to supporters.

“The campaign has been blighted by serious injuries to key players and having to make an unplanned managerial change was an incredibly tough decision.”

Leeds fired Marcelo Bielsa in February as defeats started to mount and their relentless, all-out attacking strategy meant the membership have been leaking targets. Only backside aspect Norwich City (84) concede greater than Leeds’ 79.

Their harm record included Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford, Tyler Roberts and Liam Cooper

“Staying in the Premier League was our objective this year and we’ve managed to obtain our top-flight status, but this is not success and improvements are needed,” added Radrizzani.

“As a board we will work hard with Jesse Marsch this summer to improve the squad and find a way to deliver the kind of performances you all deserve.

“We believe that with time and a full pre-season, Jesse will be the man to take this club forward.”

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Peter Rutherford)



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