By Admin | about 1 year ago
Leeds United have today confirmed they have parted company with Marcelo Bielsa in the aftermath of the club’s 13th loss of the season.
The Yorkshire club have been looking at potential replacements for some time given the 66-year-old’s delay in signing an extension, and American Jesse Marsch is believed to be the front-runner for the job.
“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. “ Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said in the club statement.
“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.” he added.
Leeds director of football Victor Orta also paid tribute to Bielsa in the statement: “He has created a legacy, overseeing major infrastructure improvements at Thorp Arch, uniting the supporters and the players, and giving a clear pathway for young players to transition into the first team.”
The statement goes on to mention that plans for a permanent tribute to Bielsa at Elland Road are afoot.
The threat of relegation looms large over Leeds, as they currently lie in 16th position in the Premier League after their 4-0 defeat against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side, but more worryingly, 17th placed Everton and 18th placed Burnley each have two games in hand.