Paul Robinson hits back at Stan Collymore after calls for Leeds United to sack Marcelo Bielsa
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Paul Robinson has hit back at Stan Collymore after he called for Leeds United to sack Marcelo Bielsa.
Ahead of Leeds’ win over Norwich last week, Collymore wrote in the print edition of the People [October 31, page 56] that the Yorkshire club should consider getting rid of Bielsa regardless of the result at Carrow Road.
Collymore took swipes at Bielsa’s management style and said that he doesn’t understand why the Argentine is perceived as unsackable.
Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson has explained exactly why that is the case due to the work Bielsa had done already at Elland Road and the fact that the poor start to this season is down to injuries and selection issues.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robison said: “They’ve had a poor start to the season compared to the standards they set themselves last year but what Bielsa’s done at the club is nothing short of a miracle.
“He’s taken an average, mid-table Championship team to Championship winners and a ninth-place finish in the Premier League.
“To say that, to criticise him and to jump on the bandwagon after 10 games, with the work he’s put in before, that suggests he’s not looking at the squad and the players who are out missing.
“Raphinha, Phillips, Bamford have been missing for some time, Bielsa’s not had two centre-halves for most of the season.
“When you look at it from the outside looking in, there are a lot of reasons why they have been poor.
“Performances have been there but results haven’t and that’s because they’ve missed a lot of their players.”
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has said if Raphinha is pushing to quit the club amid interest from PSG.