LEADES, England (AP) – Marcel Bielsa has been sacked as manager of Leeds on Sunday after another heavy defeat led the team to two points from the relegation zone of the Premier League.
“I have to act in the interests of the club, and I believe that changes are needed now to secure Premier League status,” said Leeds chairman Andrea Radritzani. “Recent results and speeches have not lived up to our expectations.”
Leeds said on Monday it is looking to announce a successor to the Argentine coach.
The 4-0 home defeat by Tottenham came at the end of a seven-day period in which Leeds also lost to Manchester United 4-2 and defeated Liverpool 6-0.
Leeds in the second season returns to the top division, where Bielsa led the Yorkshire team after spending 16 years in the lower league after relegation in 2004 due to financial mismanagement.
Leeds are planning what he calls a “permanent tribute” to the Elland Road coach who has run the North English club for almost four years on his first job in English football.
For two years in the Premier League, Leeds has been one of the most exciting teams, scoring many goals and conceding even more, thanks to the stubborn and adventurous approach of Bielsa, who attacked with waves and pushed from person to person. over the field.
At times it seemed naive, especially against big teams, but Bielsa refused to abandon his long-standing philosophy, which influenced such as Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pachetina.
Leeds conceded 20 goals in five games in February. This is the Premier League record for the number of goals scored in one month.
“We are in a precarious position in the league and I feel that now is the right time to bring in a new head coach to influence the decisive stage of the season,” said Radritzani. “Naturally, I, along with everyone else at the club, would like to thank Marcel for his efforts and achievements and wish him all the best in the future.”
English football will lose a charismatic manager who famously – and often fascinatingly – continued to talk through an interpreter and who became the subject of a controversial episode in which Bielsa admitted to sending an intern from Leeds, who then played in the second tier championship, to watch his opponent’s training before the game .
Leeds was fined £ 200,000 ($ 270,000), which Belsa paid out of pocket.
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