Marcelo Bielsa sacked by Leeds United after 4-0 defeat to Tottenham

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Leeds United have sacked Marcelo Bielsa after almost four years in charge.

Bielsa was sacked after Leeds United lost 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, the club’s fifth defeat in their last six Premier League fixtures.

Leeds United are 16th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone, but have played two more games than 18th place Burnley, and three more than Everton in 17th.

Leeds United 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.

“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. The moments created, particularly in the 2019/20 season and winning promotion to the Premier League, will of course live long in all our memories, myself and the fans included.

“However, I have to act in the best interest of the club and I believe a change is required now in order to secure our Premier League status. Recent results and performances have not met our expectations.

“We find ourselves in a precarious league position and I feel now is the right time to bring in a new head coach, in order to have an impact in the decisive stage of the season.

““Naturally, myself, along with everyone else at the club would like to thank Marcelo for his efforts and achievements and we wish him the very best for the future.”