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Leeds boss Marsch leaning on Lombardi, Gandhi to inspire players

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch says he's drawing on the great leaders of the past to help inspire his players in their relegation battle.

Leeds host Chelsea tomorrow night.

Marsch said: "I have 52 articles, excerpts from books, that I sometimes give players when I think they need something," he says.

"Then I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different moments. I try to think how they fit with who I am and how we play football. I love quotes, learning from people of the past. Sports figures, historical figures, whatever. The key is understanding what messages to use at the right time.

"Here we are in the stress of relegation trying to stay strong with our belief, mentality.

"Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson. Vince Lombardi.

"There are a lot. I have used in the past the 1998 French football team. I have used the 2008 basketball gold medal team. For me I love basketball culture in America. The way they combine inner-city kids with university graduates and incredible mentors, is amazing.

"I use things that resonate with me.

"Then there are historical figures, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, presidents like JFK. People who I think have meant something to where we are. I like leadership books and was a history major in university."


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