Antonio Conte & Pep Guardiola lead tributes to Marcelo Bielsa after Leeds dismissal


Two of the Premier League's most high-profile managers have, on Monday, sent messages of appreciation to Marcelo Bielsa, on the back of the Argentine's Leeds United dismissal.

The news which so many amongst the Leeds fanbase were so dreading over the course of the last week was of course finally forthcoming on Sunday morning.

This came in the form of the announcement that beloved manager Marcelo Bielsa had been relieved of his duties at Elland Road, on the back of yet another alarming defeat at the hands of struggling Tottenham on Saturday:

Bielsa, though, the architect behind Leeds' return to the top-flight of English football for the first time in nearly two decades, remains widely regarded as something of a mastermind amongst managerial circles, despite his departure from west Yorkshire.

And, as alluded to above, two such tacticians who were keen to make their admiration for the 66-year-old well known on Monday come in the form of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola.

Speaking to the media ahead of his side's FA Cup showdown with Middlesbrough tomorrow night, Tottenham boss Conte revealed his 'disappointment' with the news of Bielsa's sacking, hailing the one-time Marseille boss as both a tactician, and a man.

"Honestly I’m very disappointed because we’re talking about an important manager and we are talking about a person that is a master for many managers, for many coaches in the past and in the present," Conte explained.

"I think, yesterday when I read the news, this news hurt me. We’re talking, I repeat, about not only a manager with a great idea and vision of football and taught a lot to other people, especially people in this job, but at the same time I have great respect for him as a person and as a man.

"In every situation he showed great integrity and honestly in football it’s not always you can find this type of person. I’m really disappointed for this but on the other hand, I understand that the club has to make a decision and I know very well the owner and chairman."

And swiftly following Spurs' boss in hailing Bielsa's influence was Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola, who labelled the veteran coach's stint in charge of Leeds as nothing short of 'spectacular':

"His legacy is there in Leeds’ city and the club and I am pretty sure with the players.

"Unfortunately as managers we are subject to results and lately they were not good. But in the four seasons, he was spectacular to watch and I wish him all the best."

Marsch incoming

News of Bielsa's exit from the club has of course since been followed on Monday night by confirmation of the Argentine's successor at Elland Road.

The tactician chosen to guide Leeds into a new era? Jesse Marsch.

In a series of posts across their social media platforms a short time ago, the Peacocks unveiled ex-RB Leipzig boss Marsch as the latest instillation on the bench in Yorkshire, after the parties found an agreement on the terms of a contract through 2025:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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