Football: Relegation-threatened Leeds fire manager Jesse Marsch 12 months into term

Leeds United have sacked their American manager Jesse Marsch with the team languishing 17th in the table, one place above the relegation zone.

Marsch joined Leeds in February 2022, replacing Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa, and secured the club's top-flight survival on the final day of last season.

"We would like to thank Jesse and his backroom staff for their efforts, and wish them well for the future," said the club.

"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 have won only four of their 20 league matches this season, with 10 losses and six draws.

Marsch, 49, had a total of 11 victories in his 37 matches in charge and his side last won a league match on November 5, when they beat Bournemouth 4-3.

Marsch previously coached RB Leipzig, New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg.

Leeds will play third-placed Manchester United at Old Trafford in the league on Wednesday, before facing their rivals again in the reverse fixture on Sunday.

Leeds are level with third-bottom Everton on 18 points and have a game in hand on all the teams around them.