Marcelo Bielsa has been sacked as Leeds manager after another heavy defeat that took the team within two points of the Premier League relegation zone.
“I have to act in the best interests of the club and I believe a change is needed now to secure our Premier League status,” said Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani.
“Recent results and performance have not met our expectations.”
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Leeds said they intended to announce the Argentine manager’s successor on Monday.
A 4-0 home defeat to Tottenham came at the end of a seven-day streak in which Leeds were also beaten 4-2 by Manchester United and beaten 6-0 at Liverpool.
Leeds are in their second season in the Premier League, where Bielsa led the Yorkshire side after spending 16 years in the lower leagues following relegation in 2004 brought about by financial mismanagement.
Leeds are planning what they call a “permanent tribute” at Elland Road to the manager who led the club for nearly 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 plenty of goals and conceding even more thanks to Bielsa’s adventurous approach of attacking in waves and applying pressure. man to man all over the field.
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He has looked naïve at times, especially against the big teams, but Bielsa has refused to give up on his longstanding philosophy which has influenced Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
Leeds conceded 20 goals in five games in February. That’s a Premier League record for goals against in a single month.
“We find ourselves in a precarious position in the league and I think it’s the right time to bring in a new head coach, in order to have an impact in the decisive phase of the season,” Radrizzani said.
“Naturally, myself, along with everyone else at the club, would like to thank Marcelo for his efforts and achievements, and we wish him the best for the future.”
English football will lose a charismatic manager who famously – and often entertainingly – continued to speak through a translator and was the subject of a controversial episode which saw Bielsa admit to sending a trainee from Leeds, then play in the second-tier Championship, to watch an opponent’s training session before a match.
Leeds were fined $370,000, which Bielsa paid out of his own pocket.
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