Marcelo Bielsa was sacked by Leeds after thrashing Tottenham 4-0 at Elland Road on Saturday, with Jesse Marsch leading the race to replace him.
Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018 and led them back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence two years later, as well as finishing ninth in the top flight in 2020/21, but he left the sentence. the club are just two points above the relegation zone and have five losses in six games.
Leeds have conceded 21 goals in that time and dropped without brakes Losing 4-0 at home to Tottenham on Saturday after being stabbed 6-0 in the middle of the week away from Liverpoolleaving them with a goal difference of -30 and the strongest defense in the Premier League, having scored 60 goals in 26 games, 5 more than the bottom team Norwich.
Bielsa’s contract expired at the end of the season, and after the loss to Liverpool, he admitted he was concerned the whites could be relegated back to the Championship.
Leeds say they hope to confirm Bielsa’s replacement as early as Monday.
Leeds’ bleak run
- January 22 – Leeds 0-1 Newcastle
- February 9 – Aston Villa 3-3 Leeds
- February 12 – Everton 3-0 Leeds
- February 20 – Leeds 2-4 Man Utd
- February 23 – Liverpool 6-0 Leeds
- February 26 – Leeds 0-4 Tottenham
More to follow…
Who is Jesse Marsch?
Former American international midfielder Marsch has been out of the job since December when he was sacked by RB Leipzig just five months after being appointed.
The 48-year-old replaced Julian Nagelsmann in July 2021 when his predecessor left Bayern Munich, but last season’s Bundesliga runner-up had dropped to 11th in the table, as well as losing three of five rounds. Champions League table- the stage game, before he was fired.
He previously led Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg to domestic doubles victories in the Austrian top flight during his two seasons in charge and previously managed in the MLS with the Montreal Impact. and the New York Red Bulls.
Merson: Bielsa ‘pulled wool through people’s eyes’
Speaking before the Tottenham defeat, Paul Merson said Football Saturday that Bielsa has “pulled wool through everyone’s eyes” with Leeds fans’ continued support of the Argentinian despite their poor form.
He said: “He’s pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. He needs to change things. His squad is exhausted, I know he’s got big players, but he has to change. it. You can’t go on to the Liverpools and Man Utds and open the game and get beaten six innings. You have to stop it. Right now, I’m worried for them, I’m really worried for them.
“I think the fans need to be a little bit stronger. Don’t start clapping for your team. If I’d been beaten four times by Tottenham at Highbury while I was playing, I wouldn’t have been applauded. You don’t have to boo, I don’t say boo and throw shoes at them.
“They’ve worked very hard to get to their place in this league, and it’s going to be tough right now. I love watching Leeds, I’m not destined for Leeds and I love watching them, but I know there’s going to be one goal after another, whatever the outcome will be – and that’s unsettling.”
- March 5 – Leicester vs Leeds, kicks off at 12:30pm
- March 10 – Leeds vs Aston Villa, kicks off at 19:45
- March 13 – Leeds vs Norwich, kicks off at 2pm
- March 18 – Wolves vs Leeds, kicks off at 8pm live on Sports sky
- April 2 – Leeds vs Southampton, kicks off at 3pm
- April 9 – Watford vs Leeds, kicks off at 3pm