By George Overhill

27th Feb, 2022 | 1:10pm

Kalvin Phillips shares heartfelt tribute to former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

Kalvin Phillips has paid tribute to his former Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa with two heartfelt posts on social media.

The 66-year-old Argentine has been removed from his position at Elland Road following the 4-0 defeat by Tottenham yesterday, and with the club perilously close to the relegation zone.

The injured England star is the latest in a slew of emotional tributes to the man that brought about a revolution at the club in bringing them back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

Writing on his personal Twitter account the midfielder said: “Thank you Marcelo for everything you have done for me.

“You saw in me what I didn’t even see in myself. You helped me grow as a player but most importantly as a person.

“Wishing you all the best in your next chapter.

“Gracias Marcelo, Vamos Leeds Carajo!!”

In a follow up Tweet he posted a clip of the pair embracing after their promotion success, as the former manager proclaims his player “the best”.

Emotional departure

The outpouring of thanks from those connected with the club, and within the wider football industry, has illustrated once again the effect Bielsa has had on the Whites.

He has become synonymous with Leeds United over the past four years and in doing so turned them into one of the most popular teams for the neutral thanks to his attacking displays.

But for his own players and fans the connection unlikely cannot truly be described.

Under his tutelage Phillips has become a fixture in Gareth Southgate’s national team and one of the most sought after midfielders in the country.

As with others such as Patrick Bamford, the effect the former Chile and Argentina boss has had on their development is immeasurable.

The tactics that brought such success to the Yorkshire club have now helped bring about the end of his reign, with the extended injury absence of key men like Phillips a key factor.

The emotions among fans and players alike will be hard to quantify currently, such is the importance of the man, but the recent form has been dreadful and the club clearly felt Premier League survival was at stake.

In other Leeds United news, his replacement has already reportedly been agreed.