Marsch reveals how Mother Teresa and JFK will help Leeds survive

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 take inspiration from historical figures including Mother Teresa and John F. Kennedy as he looks to steer his struggling Leeds side to safety.

Whites winger Jack Harrison revealed his manager recited Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi in his team talk before last Sunday’s defeat at Arsenal.

And Marsch has now explained he has a book containing ‘hundreds of quotes’ which he will use 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 

Marsch says he has used quotes from Muhammad Ali (L) and JFK (R) to inspire his players

‘Inspiration is a big part of this job,’ admitted the American ahead of Wednesday night’s visit of Chelsea.

‘I have 52 articles, 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 uses at different moments. I try to think how it might fit in a scenario with where we are in a season, in a moment, in a time.

‘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.

Mother Teresa is another inspirational figure Leeds boss Marsch has called on for assistance

Marsch quoted Mahatma Gandhi before Leeds’ defeat away at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon

‘Just trying to find ways to motivate, inspire our collective mentality so that we have the best chance to manage the moments that we are in.’

Asked which specific sports and historical figures he admired as leaders, Marsch said: ‘I’ve used Muhammad Ali a few times with the group.

NBA legend Michael Jordan is another inspirational figure Marsch likes to quote

‘Michael Jordan is a guy I am inspired by. Phil Jackson. I’d start dating myself if I went back to Vince Lombardi and Johnny Unitas.

‘I’ve also used the 1998 French football team in the past. I’ve used the 2008 Road to Redemption, the (USA basketball) gold medal team in China.

‘Then there are also historical figures, like Gandhi, like Mother Teresa, like Presidents, like 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.’


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 may opt to use on the squad to help with their relegation battle…

Muhammad Ali 

‘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’ 

Mother Teresa

‘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’

Michael Jordan

‘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’

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