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Jesse Marsch has revealed Leeds legend Eddie Gray has been helping motivate his squad

‘He has a lot of wisdom’: Jesse Marsch has revealed Leeds legend Eddie Gray has been helping to motivate his squad ahead of their do-or-die final day of the season against Brentford… as they desperately seek to avoid relegation .

  • Leeds United take on Brentford on the final day of the Premier League campaign
  • Jesse Marsch’s team is currently in the relegation zone with one game to play.
  • Club legend Eddie Gray turned up unannounced at Leeds first team training
  • Relegation could see stars Raphinha, Kalvin Philips and Patrick Bamford leave

As Leeds prepare for the match that will define their future, a figure from their past has been on hand to remind current players of the stakes.

Eddie Gray has been at the center of most of the biggest moments in the club’s history, from playing for the team that won two league titles and an FA Cup under Don Revie, to managing the last team to be relegated from the top flight. category in 2004. .

So it was no surprise that the Leeds legend didn’t want to be left out this week, turning up unannounced at Thorp Arch on Thursday to train and impart a few words of wisdom to boss Jesse Marsch and his relegation-threatened team.

Jesse Marsch has revealed that Leeds legend Eddie Gray (left) has been helping to motivate his squad

Jesse Marsch has revealed that Leeds legend Eddie Gray (left) has been helping to motivate his squad

Gray has imparted words of wisdom to Chief Marsch (left) and his relegation-threatened team

Gray has imparted words of wisdom to Chief Marsch (left) and his relegation-threatened team

“It was great to have him here and really nice for me to have that experience,” Marsch said ahead of Sunday’s do-or-die visit to Brentford.

He didn’t come to give a talk, but he was by the side of training and had a chat with a couple of guys.

He has a lot of wisdom and has been very generous with me. We talk about everything from what this club means to the community, to what it’s like to represent Leeds United. It is incredibly positive.

American boss Marsch revealed that club legend Gray had spoken to him about representing Leeds

American boss Marsch revealed that club legend Gray had spoken to him about representing Leeds

“He told me that at the old Brentford stadium it was always incredibly difficult to play there.

“With the newer stadium, it’s really nice, but the energy isn’t as strong and maybe it’s a little bit easier to play there now.”

“But we expect Brentford to be at its best.”

To secure their Premier League status, Leeds must pick up more points than Burnley, who host Newcastle on the final day.

And Marsch is candid about what relegation would mean for the Whites, namely the likely departure of international stars Raphinha, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford.

“I have not analyzed player by player what the consequences will be, but I am aware that there are always changes and the best chance to keep the core of the group together is to stay in the league,” said the American, who could have Bamford back from his foot injury at Brentford.

‘A big part of my personal motivation is continuing the relationships I have here. I really enjoyed working with the group and would hate to see some of the guys go. I don’t need any reminder of how important this game is.

Marsch watched Everton seal their survival on Thursday night with their dramatic comeback win over Crystal Palace and admitted some of his players were “angry” yesterday morning.

But he added: “I actually slept quite well because I have a lot of confidence in the group.”

‘We are excited about this challenge. I never came here to think it would be easy. I knew we would have to fight for everything. We know we have to be at our best.’

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