Marcelo Bielsa was sacked by Leeds following a 4-0 hammering by Tottenham at Elland Road on Saturday, with Jesse Marsch leading the race to replace him.
Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018 and brought them back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence two years later, as well as a ninth-place finish in the top flight in 2020/21, but he leaves the club just two points above. above the relegation zone and on a series of five defeats in six games.
Leeds conceded 21 goals in that spell and fell to a 4-0 home loss to Tottenham on Saturday after being beaten 6-0 in midweek at Liverpool, leaving them with a -30 goal difference and the defense the more elusive from the Prime Minister. League, having scored 60 goals in 26 games, five more than Norwich.
Bielsa’s contract was already due to expire at the end of the season, and after the Liverpool defeat he admitted he feared the Whites would be relegated to the Championship.
Leeds say they hope to confirm Bielsa’s replacement as early as Monday.
Leeds’ dismal run
- January 22 – Leeds 0-1 Newcastle
- Feb. 9 – Aston Villa 3-3 Leeds
- February 12 – Everton 3-0 Leeds
- February 20 – Leeds 2-4 Manchester United
- Feb. 23 – Liverpool 6-0 Leeds
- February 26 – Leeds 0-4 Tottenham
Who is Jesse Marsch?
Former USA international midfielder Marsch has been out of work since December when he was sacked by RB Leipzig just five months after his appointment.
The 48-year-old took over from Julian Nagelsmann in July 2021 when his predecessor left for Bayern Munich, but last season’s Bundesliga runners-up fell to 11th in the league, and lost three of his five groups. Champions League. stage games, before being made redundant.
Previously, he led Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg to back-to-back domestic doubles in the Austrian top flight during his two seasons at the helm, and previously led MLS with the Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls.
Merson: Bielsa ‘pulls the wool over people’s eyes’
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s defeat, Paul Merson said soccer saturday that Bielsa was “pulling the wool over people’s eyes” with Leeds fans continuing support for the Argentine despite their miserable form.
He said: “He’s pulling the wool over people’s eyes. He has to change things. His team is exhausted, I know he has some big players but he has to change it. You can’t keep going to Liverpools and Man Utds and opening games and getting beaten at six and four. We have to stop this. Right now I’m worried about them, I’m really worried about them.
“I think the fans need to get a little louder. Don’t start cheering for your team. If I was beaten by Tottenham by four at Highbury when I was playing, there’s no way I’d be cheered. Go home You don’t have to boo, I’m not saying boo and throw shoes at them.
“They’ve worked so hard to get to where they are in this league, and right now it’s running out of steam. I love watching Leeds, I have no affinity with Leeds and I love watching them, but I know that ‘there will be goal after goal, whatever the end – and that’s worrying.”
Leeds’ next six games
- March 5 – Leicester vs Leeds, kick off 12.30pm
- March 10 – Leeds vs Aston Villa, kick off 7.45pm
- March 13 – Leeds vs Norwich, 2pm kick-off
- March 18 – Wolves vs Leeds, 8pm kick-off live sky sports
- April 2 – Leeds vs Southampton, 3pm kick-off
- April 9 – Watford vs Leeds, 3pm kick-off