Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has expressed his sympathy towards Frank Lampard’s sacking and warned it is a worrying trend for English football.

Bielsa is concerned that managers in England no longer enjoy a period of time to build a project – something they used to benefit from.

Andrea Radrizanni has enabled the Argentine to do exactly that.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, Bielsa said, “I regret that a colleague [Lampard] who has designed a very interesting project wasn’t able to finish it.

“English football, which had been a leader in the world in allowing managers time to develop their projects, has stopped doing so.

“Every time [it happens], it has less of the English spirit and is owned less by the English — things which made it very attractive.

“The public only value the badge and the result.

“One day all of this is going to have consequences which the public are going to regret.”

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Long-term vision

Leeds are lucky to have Bielsa, but we are also very fortunate to have Radrizzani at the helm.

Our owner’s comments this week about emulating Leicester City and aiming towards Europe are very encouraging.

It is clear to see the ambition he holds, and the 49ers investment underlines that.

Bielsa also praised his boss for the investment he has made in “things that could be ignored”.

He states that Radrizzani puts the interests of the club ahead of commercial and financial benefits.

That has likely contributed to our success on the pitch, and though Bielsa’s contract expires in the summer it seems he loves the project he is working on.

The Leeds manager said he is happy the board see Leicester as a reference point and hopefully that means he aims to be the manager who takes us into Europe.

In any case, it is positive to see two key figures at the club working together and sharing the same goals.

Long may it continue.

In other Leeds United news, Brian Deane talks up Leeds star’s international hopes despite poor recent form.

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