By Craig Scott

8th May, 2022 | 7:10pm

Stan Collymore slaughters Leeds United over Marcelo Bielsa decision

Stan Collymore has blasted the Leeds United board, suggesting they should have sacked Marcelo Bielsa sooner than they did.

Leeds dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone on Sunday (8 May) as they lost 2-1 away at Arsenal and Everton won at Leicester.

It looks as though the Whites are favourites to go down with Watford and Norwich and Collymore feels the stance on Bielsa’s future led to a crucial mistake being made in the boardroom at Elland Road.

“The messiah club Leeds created around Marcelo Bielsa always had the potential to go belly-up and that’s what has happened,” said Collymore in the Sunday People [8 May, page 40].

“The hierarchy and supporters got so into it that they wanted to give him 20 chances to fail, not one or two.

“But once you’re sucked into that vortex at the bottom at this stage of the season, that big-club halo – as Everton have found out as well – starts to affect you in a way it doesn’t with such as Brigthon, Crystal Palace, Watford, Burnley and Norwich.

“It’s why the longevity of Biela’s stay was poor club-building from Leeds, which may well cost them dear.”

Is he right?

Bielsa had been magnificent until this season.

He made fans fall back in love with their football team and led Leeds back to the Premier League and secured a ninth-placed finish last term.

However, this season has been a joke and it looks as though we could be headed back to the Championship with Jesse Marsch in charge.

Was it wrong to sack Bielsa? Or should Bielsa have been sacked sooner?

They’re two massive questions but ultimately, a relegation back to the Championship would be mainly the fault of the likes of Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta.

Why? Because they gave Bielsa too much power.

Leeds didn’t sign anyone in January – despite the obvious need to – because Bielsa didn’t want to sign anyone who was offered to him.

But Orta, who was always going to outlast Bielsa at Elland Road, should have taken that decision out of his hands.

Bielsa wasn’t doing well and there were doubts about him staying for next season and onwards. Why didn’t Orta take control?

And why did Radrizzani let that happen?

Bielsa had Orta under his thumb. He was scared to defy him.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has said if Marsch will quit Leeds if they’re relegated to the Championship.