Sam Matterface shares what he's privately told about Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United
Sam Matterface has been privately told that Marcelo Bielsa is leaving Leeds United and that Jesse Marsch has already been “sounded out” as a replacement.
Leeds lost 4-0 at home against Tottenham on Saturday and are now just two points clear of 18th-placed Burnley, who also have two games in hand. Everton, who are 17th and one place below Leeds, also have two matches extra to play compared to the Whites.
Bielsa’s team has now conceded 20 goals in their last five Premier League games and haven’t won in their last six.
Football commentator Matterface feels it’s the right time for Bielsa to go with ex-RB Leipzig boss Marsch already lined up to come in.
“As we said at full time on talkSPORT, we were being told privately Bielsa would go. And it’s no surprise after that performance,” said the talkSPORT journalist via his personal Twitter account on Saturday [26 February].
“Leeds need a new voice. Marsch sounded out prior to today.
“It might reinvigorate them.”
On his way out
Whether Bielsa has been sacked or has decided to resign, it’s a really sad day for Leeds United fans
Bielsa is a legend and will be the best manager that some of our younger fans will have ever seen in their lifetime.
And it may be a very long time before anyone sees better than him at Elland Road based on our previous history of managerial hires.
Bielsa was an incredible appointment from the off by Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta – it was a massive coup.
He took on board the mess that was left behind by Orta’s awful recruitment and the seriously underwhelming management of Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom and within no time at all, produced something special.
We went from mid-table to third and then the season after we were Championship title-winners and a Premier League club once more.
And then came a ninth-placed finish as players who Bielsa adopted from the mid-table mess became stalwarts of the Premier League.
Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski had all struggled under previous managers but under Bielsa, they were playing every week in the Premier League and playing well.
Bielsa leaving is gutting but, in all honesty, we can see why he would decide to leave because he’s not one to hang around when things start going sideways.
In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor was in a fierce debate with a Leeds fan on talkSPORT over Bielsa this week.