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Leeds boss Marsch: Owners meeting good for me and players; we're unified

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch says he and the players have been lifted by an owners' meeting this week.

The Whites face Brighton at Elland Road in their penultimate game of the season on Sunday in a game they must not lose if they are to take their survival fight into the final day.

Marsch, whose side sit third-bottom, level on points with Burnley but with a vastly-inferior goal difference, said: “We actually had ownership speak to the team yesterday, they were all totally unified.

“That part I love about being here. I think it was one of the reasons I told you from the beginning why I came here. It's because I believed in the people and the people believed in me."

Leeds are joint-owned by chairman Andrea Radrizzani and 49ers Enterprises, the financial arm of NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, which has a 44 per cent stake in the club.

The Whites' vice-chairman Paraag Marathe, president of 49ers Enterprises, attended Wednesday night's 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea, a third straight loss which left them in the bottom three.

Marsch said the owners' show of support for him and his players had been “incredibly helpful".

He said: “In difficult moments, I've been really impressed. I've been really impressed with Victor (Orta, director of football), with Angus (Kinnear, chief executive officer), with Andrea, with Paraag, with everybody's ability to stay together, unified, supportive.

“That part's been awesome, and it allows me to focus on what I need to do to get the job done with our team.

“I think they just tried to say that we have everything still in our grasp, and that our ability to recover and go again and believe – I think there was a lot of talk about belief, right?

“So it was a lot of the things that they said I think fit with things that I've said already to the team, without me communicating (to the owners) every day exactly what I'm saying to the team.

“So that also lets you know that there's real alignment here. So, again, that's incredibly helpful."

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