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Leeds United sack Marcelo Bielsa after poor run of form

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On Sunday, Leeds United parted ways with manager Marcelo Bielsa after a string of poor results left the Premier League club just three points above the relegation zone.

The 4-0 loss to Tottenham at Elland Road on Saturday was their fourth straight defeat, during which they have conceded a staggering 17 goals.

“Leeds United can today confirm the club have parted company with head coach Marcelo Bielsa,” a club statement said.

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said: “This has been the toughest decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United, taking into account all the success Marcelo has had at the club.”

He added: “With Marcelo as our head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times returned to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and brought a winning mentality to us all.”

Bielsa took over as manager in June 2018 and ended the club’s 16-year wait for a return to the Premier League in his second season.

However, their second season in the top flight has been marred by injuries and growing doubts about Bielsa’s tactics.

Leeds said they planned to make an announcement about Bielsa’s replacement on Monday.

Jesse Marsch, the former manager of RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, is the overwhelming favourite to take over.

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