Jesse Marsch goes all out on David Brent as Leeds boss quotes Gandhi and Mother Theresa to inspire squad against relegation

It’s safe to assume that “heart in the oven and head in the fridge” isn’t one of Jesse Marsch’s favorite quotes.

But if Leeds drag themselves out of the relegation swamp that would be a good place to start.

Jesse Marsch uses unique methods to inspire his players


Jesse Marsch uses unique methods to inspire his playersPhoto credit: Reuters
Office darling David Brent tried his best to motivate employees with quotes


Office darling David Brent tried his best to motivate employees with quotesPhoto credit: BBC

Marsch uses “hundreds” of inspirational messages to rouse his players, from Michael Jordan to John F. Kennedy.

The American also cites pacifist Mahatma Gandhi and Holy Mother Teresa – but the memo is clearly not getting through to his players.

Leeds broke the Premier League record for most yellow cards in a single season at the weekend, they have amassed a whopping 96 with three games to go.

Luke Ayling’s red card for a frantic 27th-minute struggle against Gabriel Martinelli after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal summed it up.

And on Tuesday, an over-the-top march in Wednesday’s clash again called for “aggression” against Chelsea.

He also called on Elland Road, guaranteed to be the most hostile of their despised London rivals, to let the hell loose.

But if the players get pumped up to the boiling point and charge recklessly all night, Chelsea could land them in the dry cleaners.

Marsch, 48, said: “Inspiration is a big part of this job. I have 52 articles, excerpts from books, that I sometimes give to players when I think they need something to motivate them.


“‘Then I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different points in time. I’m trying to think of how it might fit into a scenario where we’re in a moment in a season.

“I love quotes. I love learning from people of the past, athletes, historical figures. The key is understanding exactly what messages to use at the right time so players understand exactly how to handle moments.

“Here we are in relegation stress and trying to stay strong with our faith, our self-confidence, our commitment and our mentality.”

The history major added of whom he particularly admires: “I’ve used Muhammad Ali a few times with the group.

“Michael Jordan is a guy I’m inspired by. I would start dating myself if I got back to Vince Lombardi and Johnny Unitas (American football legends). I have also used the 1998 French football team in the past. I used the 2008 Road to Redemption, the (USA basketball) gold medal team in China.

“Then there are historical figures like Gandhi, like Mother Teresa, like presidents, like JFK.

“Different people along the way who I think have contributed to where we are historically in the world right now.”

Elland Road’s desperate believers, many of whom are still mourning Marcelo Bielsa’s sacking, have shown no sign of opposing Marsch.

But the reactions of those who followed his pre-Chelsea game press conference were hardly flattering.

An online taste included, “We replaced Bielsa with a motivational speaker,” “Boy is he starting to grind a little,” “Really feels the players have to listen to this crap all day,” and “F* ****g Damn, we hired David Brent”.

Another read: “He’s actually Ted Lasso” (the clueless but charming fictional American football coach who runs the Premier League).

Aside from trying to inspire his troops, getting a tune out of Raphinha must be high on Marsch’s priority list if Leeds – in the bottom three for the first time since October – are to beat the decline.

The American also quotes the pacifist Mahatma Gandhi


The American also quotes the pacifist Mahatma GandhiPhoto Credit: AP:Associated Press
Mother Teresa is known for helping millions - but will her words keep Leeds safe?


Mother Teresa is known for helping millions – but will her words keep Leeds safe?Photo credit: Getty – Contributor

The Brazilian is their top scorer with ten goals and a real match winner.

But Raphinha has gotten out of hand as Barcelona gravitate towards his signature.

And regardless of which division Leeds play in next year, everything points to him leaving this summer.

So with just three games left United could really use the winger providing a parting gift or three.

Marsch said: “We didn’t get enough out of him. That’s the truth.

“We’ve tried to find ways to play a little bit wider with him, we’ve tried to find ways where he’s in transition moments a little bit more, we’ve tried to find ways to play him more around goal bring to. ”

Raphinha, 25, lost his head at the Emirates after Ayling’s red card and had to be withdrawn by Jack Harrison after fiercely protesting referee Chris Kavanagh.

He was shown a yellow card and match-of-the-day expert Ian Wright said he could easily have been sent off.

When asked if Raphinha was distracted by ties with Barcelona, ​​Marsch added: “Not at all, I see a person who is 100 per cent invested in what we’re doing here.

“His emotion can be interpreted as a lack of discipline.

“I look at it as an overall investment – he would do anything to ensure this club stays where it belongs. He’s all about it.”

Marsch also defended Ayling after his two-footed failure on Martinelli meant he was suspended for Leeds’ last three games.

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He said: “Luke Ayling defines heart, struggle, hard work, mentality, dedication – he defines what we want to be.

“In one situation he risks everything he has invested. I think how it hurts us as a team, but more importantly how it hurts Luke. It’s about sticking together, not pointing fingers.” Jesse Marsch goes all out on David Brent as Leeds boss quotes Gandhi and Mother Theresa to inspire squad against relegation


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