By Saikat Mandal

30th Mar, 2022 | 12:30pm

Eddie Gray compares Marcelo Bielsa with Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch

Eddie Gray thinks that Leeds United have made the right decision by sacking Marcelo Bielsa.

The Whites legend has suggested that while Bielsa had brought success to the club, it was necessary to make changes following a run of poor results this season.

In an interview with Daily Mail, Gray has made a brilliant comparison between Bielsa and Jesse Marsch, and how both are different to each other.

“The club did the right thing,” he said.

“You couldn’t see the run of defeats coming to an end. Marcelo never really showed any emotion. I never saw him pat a player on the back when he was substituted. That’s just how he was and he was successful with it. The players responded to him.

“But when you are struggling and you don’t have that personal affinity with the players, it becomes difficult. When things start going wrong, you need an arm around you and that wasn’t his nature.

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“Jesse is a completely different type of personality to Marcelo but he shows the type of passion and enthusiasm that Leeds fans like.

“He’s bought into the club. I met him at a fundraiser at Elland Road and he really appreciates the opportunity and realises what it means to the people of Leeds for the club to be in the Premier League.”

Contrasting characters

Bielsa did an amazing job at Leeds. The Argentine completely transformed the club and he took them to the Premier League.

However, the club made the right call by sacking him. The injuries didn’t help, true, but Bielsa was too stubborn to change his ways.

Leeds conceded a ridiculous number of goals against big teams, and Bielsa didn’t make any attempt to solve the issue, rather he felt that is the only way the team should play.

The results didn’t improve and fans were left wondering where the next victory will come from.

Bielsa made a huge impact on the careers of certain players at Leeds, and he had been a father figure for some.

Marsch brings new ideas to the table. More than tactics, he relies on strong man-management, and one could see his passion on the sideline.

He has a pragmatic approach to the game, and Leeds have defended a lot better under him. With key players set to return after the international break, the Whites are expected to improve.

In other Leeds United news, we think the perfect Patrick Bamford replacement is already at Thorp Arch and needs to be given his chance.