Four-game scrap to keep Leeds up can whet Marsch’s appetite for adversity | Jonathan Liew

American supervisor enjoys constructive confrontation and Sunday’s journey to Arsenal begins a essential check of his mettle

The temper within the room was heated, bordering on mutinous. It was January 2015 and the New York Pink Bulls had determined to organise a town-hall assembly with season-ticket holders, a call they had been rapidly starting to remorse. Ten days earlier the membership had sacked their wildly fashionable coach Mike Petke. Now, on a freezing Friday evening in Harrison, New Jersey, about 300 livid Pink Bulls followers wished to know why.

Regardless that the assembly was alleged to be off the report and no media had been invited, footage of the chaotic night rapidly discovered its means on-line. The overall supervisor, Marc de Grandpre, and sporting director, Ali Curtis, had been mercilessly heckled and interrupted at each flip. “You guys don’t know shit!” one fan shouted at them. Some supporters demanded a refund of their season tickets. Others merely wished to specific their disdain for the choice to sack Petke, a person who had led the Pink Bulls to among the best successes of their historical past, and substitute him with an unfancied younger coach known as Jesse Marsch.

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