Leeds United have confirmed on Sunday that they have parted ways with Marcelo Bielsa.
In a statement on their official website, Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani explained: “This has been the toughest decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United, 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. The moments created, particularly in the 2019/20 season and winning promotion to the Premier League, will of course live long in all our memories, myself and the fans included.
“However, I have to act in the best interest of the club and 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 and 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.
“Naturally, myself, along with everyone else at the club would like to thank Marcelo for his efforts and achievements and we wish him the very best for the future.”
Director of football Victor Orta added: “Since arriving at Leeds United Marcelo had a huge impact on the club, on a scale I have not seen before.
“He has created a legacy, overseeing major infrastructure improvements at Thorp Arch, uniting the supporters and the players, and giving a clear pathway for young players to transition into the first team.”
“It is disappointing his reign has had to end in this manner, given the special times we have enjoyed in recent years, which have been some of the best in my career, but we cannot hide from recent results.
“I would like to thank Marcelo for his commitment and dedication, and I wish him every success going forwards.”
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Bielsa was sacked following Leeds’ latest thrashing, which saw them lose 4-0 at the hands of a struggling Tottenham side on Saturday.
Before this, the Whites had shipped six to Liverpool and lost 4-2 versus bitter rivals Manchester United.
In the statement confirming Bielsa's dismissal, Leeds also revealed that they will aim to make an announcement regarding a new appointment on the club's bench tomorrow.
At present, former RB Leipzig boss Jesse Marsch is believed to be the favourite to take the job.
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