Jesse Marsch will take inspiration from Mother Teresa, John F Kennedy AND Gandhi to help his Leeds players in their Premier League relegation dog-fight… as he reveals he has 52 articles of quotes that he uses to motivate his players in times of struggle
- Leeds dropped into the bottom three after their defeat at Arsenal on Sunday
- Jesse Marsch’s side face Chelsea, Brighton and Brentford in their final matches
- Marsch has revealed he has hundreds of quotes that he uses to motivate stars
- The likes of Mother Teresa, JFK, Gandhi and Michael Jordan can all help Leeds
Jesse Marsch says he will use Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and John F. Kennedy as inspiration as he looks to lead his struggling Leeds side to safety.
Whites winger Jack Harrison revealed his manager recited Indian nationalist leader Gandhi in his team talk before last Sunday’s defeat at Arsenal.
And Marsch has explained why he will continue quoting great historical and sports figures – including Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan – to motivate his players in the relegation run-in.
Jesse Marsch is using help from a whole host of famous names to inspire his Leeds squad
‘Inspiration is a big part of this job,’ admitted the American ahead of Wednesday’s crucial visit of Chelsea. ‘I have 52 excerpts from books that I sometimes give players when individually I think they need something to motivate them.
‘Then I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different moments. I try to think how it might fit in a scenario with where we are in a season. I love quotes. I love learning from people of the past – sports figures, historical figures.
‘The key is understanding exactly what messages to use at the right times so that players understand exactly how to handle moments.
‘Here we are in the stress of relegation, trying to stay strong with our belief, with our confidence, with our commitment, with our mentality.’
Asked which specific sports and historical figures he admired as leaders, Marsch said: ‘I’ve used Muhammad Ali a few times with the group.
‘Michael Jordan is a guy I am inspired by. Phil Jackson (the former Chicago Bulls coach). Vince Lombardi (the ex- Green Bay Packers coach).
Marsch says he has used quotes from Muhammad Ali (left) and JFK (right) to inspire his players
‘I’ve also used the 1998 French football team in the past. I’ve used the 2008 (USA Olympic basketball) gold medal team in China.
‘Then there are also historical figures, like Gandhi, like Mother Teresa, like (former President) JFK.
‘Different people along the way that I think have meant something to where we are historically in the world right now.
‘I like to read about those things. I like leadership books. I was a history major at university.’
One player in particular Marsch needs to motivate is winger Raphinha, who has scored just one goal since Leeds changed manager in February.
Mother Teresa is another inspirational figure Leeds boss Marsch has called on for assistance
The Brazilian star is expected to leave in the summer, with Barcelona leading the race for his signature.
But while Marsch does not believe Raphinha’s head has been turned by the transfer talk, he concedes he needs to get more out of his star player.
‘I see a person that is 100 per cent invested in what we’re doing here,’ insisted Marsch. ‘He’d do anything to ensure this club stays where it belongs.
‘I like his passion, his mentality, personality, desire to win and be a great player. He is a fantastic talent but we haven’t got enough out of him.
‘We’ll figure out how to get him the ball more, how to get him in space more, how to get him on the move more so that he can be dangerous and help the team.’
Marsch quoted Mahatma Gandhi before Leeds’ defeat away at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon
NBA legend Michael Jordan is another inspirational figure Marsch likes to quote
Leeds go into Wednesday’s game in the relegation zone, behind Burnley on goal difference, with Brighton and Brentford to play in their last two games.
‘My way of leading is being positive,’ added Marsch. ‘The situation that we’re in means there’s stress but we’re trying to manage that.
‘We have to accept the fact that we’re in this situation and we have to stay strong.
‘We have to play with no regrets and push to do everything we can. On game day we have to be a combination of pragmatic, clever and do whatever it takes to tactically be sharp and clear.
‘I’m calm. My vision from the beginning was not just 12 games. My vision is over years.
‘But obviously the first step of my vision is staying in the Premier League. I believe this club deserves it but we have to earn it right now.’
SO… WHAT HAVE THEY SAID?
Jesse Marsch name-checked a whole host of famous names that he uses for inspiration with his Leeds players, so let’s take a look at some of the quotes he might opt to use on the squad to help with their relegation battle…
‘Don’t count the days. Make the days count’
‘If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it’
‘He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life’
‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin’
‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples’
John F Kennedy
‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’
‘Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly’
‘I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying’
‘My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength’
‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it’