‘Parting company’ has been announced between Leeds United and manager Marcelo Bielsa following a terrible run of form that culminated in Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Tottenham.
‘This has been the most difficult choice I have had to make during my time as chairman of Leeds United, especially in light of all of Marcelo’s achievements at the club,’ stated Andrea Radrizzani, the club’s chairman.
It was three wonderful seasons under Marcelo’s leadership that brought the good times back to Elland Road. He helped to transform the club’s culture and instilled a winning mindset in all of us.
However, I have a duty to act in the best interests of the club, and I believe that a change is required now in order to maintain our Premier League status. Leeds are currently two points above the relegation zone, but they have played two more games than their nearest rivals. Unfortunately, recent outcomes and performances have fallen short of our expectations.
I believe it is the right time to bring in a new head coach in order to have an impact during this crucial stage of the season. ‘We find ourselves in a precarious league position, and I believe it is the right time to do so.’
Argentine international Diego Maradona was adored by the Elland Road faithful for his role in resurrecting the fortunes of one of the most underappreciated clubs in English sport.
Leeds United returned to the Premier League under Bielsa’s guidance last season after a 15-year absence. The club lit up the division with some devastating attacking football, with players such as Kall Phillips, Raphinha, and Patrick Bamford earning significant accolades.
Saturday’s defeat, on the other hand, was their fourth in five games, a stretch during which they have conceded 20 goals and have fallen into the Premier League relegation zone.
After losing to Tottenham, the 66-year-old remained optimistic that he could turn things around, but the Leeds board had other ideas.
Jesse Marsch, the former head coach of RB Leipzig, is the overwhelming favorite to take over. A new manager is expected to be announced by the club on Monday, according to the team’s website.