Marcelo Bielsa had a god-like figure among the Leeds United fans after helping them to get promoted to the English Premier League two years back. The former Argentina manager, who took charge at Elland Road in 2018, will be remembered as one of the most influential managers in the club’s history. He ended Leeds’ 16-year absence from the Premier League and then delivered a top-10 finish in their first season back in a superb manner.
But the situation was not the same as Leeds United was in poor form under Bielsa. The Whites on Sunday sacked manager Marcelo Bielsa following a poor run of results that has left the Premier League side just two points above the relegation zone. Saturday’s dispiriting 4-0 loss to Tottenham at Elland Road was their fourth straight defeat, a run during which they have conceded 17 goals. The 66-year-old Argentine remained convinced he could turn things around after the Spurs loss, but the Leeds board decided they had to act.
“Leeds United can today confirm the club have parted company with head coach Marcelo Bielsa,” a club statement said.
Chairman Andrea Radrizzani said he was forced to act due to the club’s “precarious position” in the Premier League.
“This has been the toughest decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United, taking into account all the success Marcelo has had at the club.”
“With Marcelo as our head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times returned to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and brought a winning mentality to us all. The moments created, particularly in the 2019/20 season and winning promotion to the Premier League, will of course live long in all our memories, myself and the fans included.”
“However, I have to act in the best interest of the club and I believe a change is required now in order to secure our Premier League status.”
Bielsa leaves with the club in 16th position, two points from safety and in real danger of returning to the Championship.
Leeds United have named former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch as their new head coach. The 48-year-old has signed a deal at the Elland Road club until June 2025.
Marsch, who has also coached New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg, left the German club in December last year after a five-month spell.
Former Swansea Under-23s coach Cameron Toshack, son of ex-Wales and Real Madrid manager John, is expected to be appointed as Marsch’s assistant.