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Leeds United sack Marcelo Bielsa after Tottenham defeat

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The Peacocks have started their search for a new manager after parting ways with the Italian manager.

Leeds United have parted ways with Marcelo Bielsa after four years. The Peacocks decided to make a change in the dugout after a horrendous run of bad form and heavy defeats.

“This has been the toughest decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United,” the club’s chairman Andrea Radrizzani told the club’s website“Taking into account all the success Marcelo has had at the club.

“With Marcelo as our head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times returned to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and brought a winning mentality to us all.”

Bielsa took charge at Elland Road in 2018 and quickly became a fan-favourite by his quick-paced and entertaining style of football. He then took the Yorkshire-based side back to the Premier League after 16 years.

Last season Bielsa’s side achieved an impressive top-half finish in the league. However, they were not able to maintain their quality in the current season.

The Peacocks are now just above the relegation zone as they sit 16th in the Premier League with 23 games from their 26 games. The sacking came after a 4-0 defeat against Tottenham resumed the team’s run of four consecutive losses.

Radrizzani added: “I have to act in the best interest of the club. I believe a change is required now in order to secure our Premier League status. Recent results and performances have not met our expectations.

“We find ourselves in a precarious league position. I feel now is the right time to bring in a new head coach, in order to have an impact in the decisive stage of the season.

Bielsa’s successor will have to deal with a lot of issues in his side’s backline in a bid to keep them in the Premier League. As of now, former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch is the frontrunner to take the job at Elland Road.

What’s next for Leeds?

Leeds will have to travel to Leicester City for their first match after the sacking of Bielsa. 

Both sides have been far from their best forms recently. However, the Whites’ six-game winless run has persuaded the bookmakers to root for the Foxes as the favourites to win the home game.