By Craig Scott

4th Mar, 2022 | 7:10am

Bielsa did not suffer Leeds United mutiny from players before he was sacked - Phil Hay

Marcelo Bielsa did not suffer a mutiny from the players before he was sacked at Leeds United but there were concerns among the squad, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist reports that while the effort was still 100 per cent there from the Leeds players prior to Bielsa’s sacking, there were worries about his tactics and the number of goals that were being conceded.

Jesse Marsch has since replaced Bielsa but Hay reports that the players played no role in pushing the Argentine out.

“It doesn’t seem to me there’s any sense in making a change of this nature if you still feel the players are very much with it, especially with 12 games to go,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast [4 March, 9m30s].

“It’s going to be a challenge for Marsch to change a great deal particularly quickly.

“It’s not to say he can’t change plenty because there are still two or three months of the season to go. It’s not as if it ends in three weeks’ time and they desperately need results right here and now. But they do need results quickly.

“And I think if the feeling had been that it was working and the players were still 100 per cent, the players were still with it physically and people have said to me that the running stats are still as good as they’ve ever been.

“There was no mutiny for Bielsa at all but the players were feeling the pressure that the tactical approach wasn’t working and it was leading to four goals conceded against Man United, six away at Liverpool, four at home to Spurs and the doubts that creep in about whether it’s going to turn around.”

No mutiny

Leeds players would never have done that to Bielsa, they loved him.

It says a lot about the squad that even though they were getting battered almost every time they played and even though they did have concerns about Bielsa’s tactics, they never downed tools.

You wouldn’t think that of some players on the pitch because, especially against Liverpool, there was the feeling that there were some who just gave up.

But they were demoralised, beaten, proven right. It’s not great to see but in a way, can you blame them?

Their effort never waned at Thorp Arch by the looks of things with players still inputting their all and busting a gut in training sessions.

It’s a good sign for Marsch, who invited the media to watch his training session at Thorp Arch on Thursday.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has confirmed a major update on Patrick Bamford after a video clip emerged.