Former Leeds goalkeeper David Seaman has questioned the departure of head coach Marcelo Bielsa, insisting that very few managers could have achieved results at Elland Road given their current crisis injuries. Leeds have decided to part ways with Bielsa after a run of dismal Premier League results.
Bielsa oversaw a streak of just one point in six games, prompting his departure after nearly four years.
Leeds were beaten 4-0 by Tottenham in Argentina’s last game on Saturday. The result followed a 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool, a 4-2 demolition by Manchester United and a 3-0 defeat at Everton.
The 66-year-old helped Leeds win promotion to the top flight for the first time since 2004 18 months ago but will not see out the rest of his contract, which was due to expire at the end of June.
But the former Leeds prospect Seaman – who didn’t make a first-team appearance before spells with Peterborough, Arsenal and Manchester City – believes it was the wrong decision.
Leeds have had several injured players and the ex-England man believes very few managers would have achieved results.
JUST IN: Chelsea make brief statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
“Unfortunate to hear that Bielsa has left @LUFC,” Seaman tweeted.
“Any manager would have found it difficult to lose the backbone of his team and still get results. All Leeds fans will always love him…”
He then asked: “What’s next for Leeds?”
It is widely understood that former RB Leipzig head coach Jesse Marsch is the favorite to replace Bielsa.
In a statement on Sunday, Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said: “This has been the most difficult decision I have had to make during my time at Leeds United, given all the success Marcelo has had. at the club.
Want the latest Premier League news as we publish it on Express Sport? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here
“With Marcelo as head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times came back to Elland Road. He changed the culture of the club and brought us all a winning mentality.
“The moments created, particularly in the 2019/20 season and the winning promotion to the Premier League, will of course live long in all of our memories, myself and the fans included.
“However, I have to act in the best interests of the club and I believe a change is needed now to secure our Premier League status. Recent results and performances have not lived up to our expectations.
“We find ourselves in a precarious position in the league and I think it’s the right time to bring in a new head coach, in order to have an impact in the decisive phase 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 best for the future.”
DO NOT MISS…
Piers Morgan rips ‘weasel’ Abramovich after Russian’s statement
Roman Abramovich’s big question he still has to answer at Chelsea
Roman Abramovich’s stance on selling Chelsea after stepping down
Director of Football Victor Orta added: “Since joining Leeds United, Marcelo has had a huge impact on the club on a scale I have never seen before.
“He created a legacy, overseeing major infrastructure improvements at Thorp Arch, uniting supporters and players, and giving a clear path for young players to make the transition to the first team.
“It’s disappointing that his reign had to end like this, given the special moments we’ve had in recent years, which have been some of the best of my career, but we can’t hide from recent results.
“I would like to thank Marcelo for his commitment and dedication, and I wish him every success for the future.”