Marcelo Bielsa 'leaves Leeds' just hours after Tottenham loss with top replacement eyed


Marcelo Bielsa has apparently left Leeds United just hours after his side were thumped 4-0 at home by Tottenham. The Argentine had been widely tipped to leave Elland Road as the Whites fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Bielsa arrived in Yorkshire in 2018 and led his side to the Championship play-off semi-finals in his first season in charge.

But Leeds were beaten over two legs by Derby County and Bielsa had to contend with a second season in England’s second tier.

Bielsa soon delivered a recipe for success and Leeds stormed to the Championship title in the 2019/20 season as they finished 10 points ahead of runners-up West Bromwich Albion.

And the side carried their good form into the Premier League as they secured a top-half finish last season.

Leeds were expected to kick-on during this campaign under a boss who took charge of Argentina for six years and Chile for three-and-a-half years.

But the Whites have suffered from second season syndrome and have struggled to rediscover the form they showed last time around.

Bielsa’s side were thumped 5-1 by Manchester United on the opening day of the season and have won just five league matches this campaign.

And, according to talkSPORT, Bielsa has now departed Elland Road, with former RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch in the driving seat to take over.

Leeds have suffered a drastic downturn in performances in recent weeks and have shipped an almighty 17 goals in their last four matches.

Their defeat to Spurs came just days after they were humbled 6-0 by Liverpool. Earlier this month they were defeated 4-2 by Manchester United after a 3-0 reverse against Everton.

And in December they were thumped 7-0 by Manchester City and, before going down 4-1 to Arsenal.

Leeds have now conceded 60 Premier League goals this season and have the worst defensive record in the top flight.

And it was clearly felt that Bielsa wouldn’t be able to rectify the issues.

“Obviously it’s not just this game but a succession of results,” Bielsa said after Saturday’s defeat.

“And against these type of results there’s no way of not feeling badly.

“I can’t deny that we’re not getting what we used to get. When players give their all physically with so much effort.

“Clearly I have to think about what I’m proposing – it’s not that they don’t want to do it, they’re just not managing to do it.

“And sincerely I say it with total honesty, it’s not the lack of decision, decisiveness or implication.

“When the process doesn’t give the expected results it’s natural that the one who’s taking it forward starts to lose confidence, so it’s a consequence that’s expected.”


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