A series of bad results signaled the parting, and now the official confirmation has arrived - Marcelo Bielsa is no longer the coach of Leeds United. After four consecutive defeats and 17 conceded goals, the management from Eland Road decided to change.
The Argentine expert, after three and a half years, during which he managed to raise the club from the ashes, finished his mission on their bench. It was taken over by an experienced Leeds strategist in June 2018. Already in the first season, he brought Leeds to the playoffs for placement in the Premier League.
He failed to achieve it, but in the following competitive years, he raised the ladder, won the Championship trophy, and returned the three-time English champion to elite society. In the first season in the highest rank, he reached the high ninth place with 59 points won - the best result of the returnees since the 2000/01 season.
Under his baton, Leeds played atomic football, always on goal more. He also outplayed far better opponents, managed to beat Tottenham, Leicester, even Manchester City, drew points in duels with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
He did not change his approach in front of any opponent, he won sympathy all over football Europe, but this year, due to numerous problems, the results were missing. The offensive approach has led to several heavy defeats in the past.
Everton knocked down the team from Eland Road with the result 3: 0, and that is where the car went downhill. There was a good resistance against United, but also four conceded goals (2: 4), then the debacle at Anfield (0: 6) and last night's heavy defeat by the shaken Tottenham (0: 4).
Leeds has recorded only five victories this season and it is certain that they will have a fight for survival. With 23 points after 26 matches played, Leeds is on the 16th place in the table, they have two points more than the first team below the Burnley line, with Clarets having two matches less.
Andrea Radrizzani statement
The first man of the club, Andrea Radrizzani, had to cut. "This was the most difficult decision I had to make during my stay at Leeds United, considering all the successes Marcelo has achieved with the club."
"We had three incredible seasons with him as head coach and good times have returned to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and restored his winning mentality" "The moments he created, first in the 2019/20 season when we returned to the Premier League, will live on in our memories for a long time" "However, I had to react in the interest of the club and I believe change is necessary to secure Premier League status.
Recent results and performances have not met our expectations." "Of course, together with everyone at the club I would like to thank Marcelo for all his efforts and achievements and wish him all the best in the future, "said Radrizzani.