LEEDS – Marcelo Bielsa was sacked as Leeds coach on Sunday after another heavy defeat left the team less than two points from the relegation zone of the Premier League.
“I have to act in the best interest of the club and I think a change is needed now to ensure our Premier League status,” said Leeds president Andrea Radrizzani. “Recent results and performance have not met our expectations.”
Leeds have said they plan to announce the Argentine coach’s successor on Monday.
A 4-0 home defeat to Tottenham came at the end of a seven-day period in which Leeds were also beaten 4-2 by Manchester United and thrashed 6-0 at Liverpool.
Leeds are in their second season in the first division, where Bielsa led the Yorkshire team after spending 16 years in the lower leagues after relegation in 2004 from financial mismanagement.
Leeds are planning what they call a “permanent tribute” on Elland Road to the coach who led the club in the north of England for almost four years in his first job in English football.
In their two years in the Premier League, Leeds have been one of the most exciting teams to watch, scoring many goals and fitting in even more thanks to Bielsa’s tough and adventurous approach to attacking in waves and pushing everyone from man to man. on the field.
He seemed naive at times, especially against the big teams, but Bielsa refused to shy away from his long-standing philosophy that influenced Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
Leeds conceded 20 goals in five games in February. That’s a Premier League record for goals allowed in a single month.
“We are in a precarious position in the league and I think now is the right time to bring in a new coach, in order to have an impact on the decisive stage of the season,” Radrizzani said. “Of course, I, along with everyone else in the club, would like to thank Marcelo for his efforts and achievements and wish him all the best for the future.”
English football will lose a charismatic director who continued to speak through a translator and was the subject of a controversial episode in which Bielsa admitted that he sent a Leeds intern, who then played in the second tier championship. watch a rival’s training session before a match.
Leeds was fined £ 200,000 ($ 270,000), which Bielsa paid out of his own pocket.
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