By Joe Ellis

27th Feb, 2022 | 4:30pm

Joe Gelhardt's mum reacts as Leeds United sack Marcelo Bielsa

Sunday, 27 February was a momentous morning for Leeds United as they sacked Marcelo Bielsa after three and a half years in charge at Elland Road.

The Argentine leaves the club having conceded 20 goals in February, a new Premier League record, after the Whites’ 4-0 defeat at home to Tottenham yesterday.

Talks are ongoing to quickly hire his replacement with former RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch the strong favourite [Fabrizio Romano].

One thing Bielsa loved to do during his time in England was give the club’s academy stars a chance with Kalvin Phillips leading the way for the next generation.

One player who earned his debut under the former boss was striker Joe Gelhardt and his mother Lynne instantly reacted to the news of his sacking on Twitter.

“Thank you Marcelo you gave my boy his dream forever grateful,” she said.

Don’t stop now

Bielsa has set the club up for a very successful and productive future but it will only come to fruition if the next manager buys into his philosophy.

To give such young players trust for big Premier League games is something very few managers would have the guts to do but Bielsa wouldn’t think twice about it.

The problems may arise if the next man through the door brings in a wave of his own players and halts the development of the homegrown talent at Elland Road.

Victor Orta needs to be vigilant in the recruitment process to make sure whoever comes in will give these highly-rated young stars a fair chance.

Even if it means sending them on loan just as Cody Drameh has done this season, it shows he is keen to see them develop away from Yorkshire.

A magnificent three and a half years are over but Bielsa’s legacy will live on through this current crop of talented youngsters.

In other Leeds United news, a new manager could be hired within hours as the details are finalised behind the scenes.