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Andrea Radrizzani's Marcelo Bielsa gamble left Leeds doomed in the Premier League

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani achieved God-like status at Elland Road after leading the club back into the big time.The Italian stallion rode into the Yorkshire club and turned them into Championship thoroughbreds who stormed to a much-celebrated top flight return in 2020.But Radrizzani is now spending his credit in the bank faster than Viv Nicholson, the infamous football pools winner from up the road in Castleford who won and blew a fortune in the blink of an eye. After less than two campaigns back at the top table of English football, Radrizzani has turned those supporters' dreams he made come true into living nightmares.Leeds are sinking without trace and Radrizzani's reputation is crumbling quicker than the empire built.
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Postman obsessed with Leeds United has secret museum for club inside his house
Leeds United megafan has built a museum in his house dedicated to the football club which sees his home packed to the rafters with memorabilia.Ben Hunt has been a postman for over 20 years and says he has been a Leeds fan his whole life thanks to his uncle who "showed me the way".The 44-year-old lives in Derby Dale with wife Leigh, who he met after a Leeds match, and their two children Bernie, 11, and Grayson, 10.The collection of memorabilia dedicated to Leeds includes hundreds of match-warn shirts, including pieces from some of the all-time greats up to present day players, including Billy Bremner, Mark Viduka and Jermaine Beckford.Seasoned fans will be delighted in seeing shirts and artefacts from the legendary Don Revie era in the 1960s and 1970s, with match shirts from FA Cup Finals in 1965, '70, '72 and '73 as well as the '68 League Cup Final shirt.Ben owns other artefacts from the historic club's past including actual seats from Elland Road's West Stand, an original Lucas "the Kop" Cat mascot costume and a David Batty life size cut-out as Ben's wife "loves him".Ben, who has been a season ticket holder for The Whites for more than 25 years, said: "My first shirt was an Eddie Gray from the late 1970s. Bought that, blowing my first ever wage packed basically."He continued: "Now, I've got over 400 match worn items and museum pieces and have regular visitors to the museum."The Museum paved way for meeting Marcelo (former manager Marcelo Bielsa).
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Leeds fear Marcelo Bielsa methods have left new manager Jesse Marsch with uphill battle
Leeds bosses fear new manager Jesse Marsch will be taking over a squad that is mentally and physically shattered.Former RB Leipzig and New York Red Bulls boss Marsch is expected to be appointed today as Marcelo Bielsa's replacement.Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani sacked Bielsa in the wake of last weekend's 4-0 home thrashing by Tottenham.The news left Leeds fans stunned and distraught, but Radrizzani decided to wield the axe because he thought the Argentine would take the club back into the Championship.And it has emerged that one of the main factors behind Radrizzani's decision was that Bielsa's intense training methods had left his stars too tired to compete in games.It is understood the players became bored of Bielsa's approach, found him too demanding and could no longer cope with what he was asking them to do.Leeds find themselves two points above the drop zone following six games without a win, and have lost their last four matched by an aggregate scoreline of 17-2.Radrizzani, along with his fellow directors, targeted Marsch two years ago and had lined him up to come in this summer, when Bielsa was expected to leave the Yorkshire club.But Leeds have had to bring forward their plans and hope to confirm Marsch's appointment within a matter of hours, provided the necessary paperwork and visa applications get completed.Bielsa, meanwhile, travelled to the club's training ground this morning to say an emotional goodbye to his players and staff and is expected to fly back to Argentina to be reunited with his family.
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Marcelo Bielsa ‘visibly tearful’ doing final goodbyes at Leeds after emotional exit
Marcelo Bielsa became watery-eyed as he said his goodbyes to the Leeds backroom staff following his sacking from the club.The Argentine had developed a massive connection with the city and supporters for his brilliant tenure and so naturally he became overcome with emotions` as he departed the club for the final time.According to The Athletic, the 66-year-old was “visibly tearful” at the training ground, Thorp Arch on Sunday, a place where he “virtually lived in for almost four years.”The publication report, too, that others from the backroom staff also left, such as assistants Pablo Quiroga and Diego Flores and fitness coach Benoit Delaval.The piece continued to say that the now-former Whites boss “is due to hold a last meeting with the club’s players today before preparing for a flight to Argentina, the final leg in one of his biggest adventures.”Bielsa, 66, who was appointed in June 2018, was sacked after a 4-0 home defeat to Spurs, a game that was to become the last straw in a series of massive losses for Leeds, with the club two points above the relegation zone and in free fall.Under Bielsa, Leeds secured promotion back to the Premier League after 16 years away when his side was promoted as champions in July 2020.He led the side to finish ninth last season in their inaugural campaign.But Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Tottenham was the final straw as the club felt time was running out to save the season."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," said Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani."With Marcelo as our head coach, we had three incredible campaigns and the good times returned to Elland Road.
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Leeds fans left heartbroken over uncertainty of Marcelo Bielsa's unsung hero
Leeds United on Sunday was met with an outpouring of emotion from fans – and not all of it was directed towards the outgoing manager.Bielsa was sacked after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Tottenham left Leeds precariously placed in 16th position, two points above the relegation zone.The Argentine has been hugely successful with the Whites since taking over in June 2018, bringing them up from the Championship before securing ninth place last season.Leeds’ decision to let him go has sparked plenty of debate online, despite the team losing their last four games by an aggregate score of 17-2."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," said chairman Andrea Radrizzani.What Radrizzani didn’t address – but many fans did – was the fate of a familiar face: Bielsa’s interpreter.Andres Clavijo has endeared himself to fans by standing by Bielsa’s side in post-match interviews over the past three and a half years.Clavijo is the first team performance analyst at Leeds, but his grasp of Spanish and English has seen him take up a more prominent role.HAVE YOUR SAY! Who should Leeds appoint as their next manager? Comment below.His day job at Leeds means he surely won’t be following Bielsa out of the door at Elland Road, but his days of translating may well be behind him.Some Leeds fans felt the need to pay tribute to Leeds’ unsung hero on Saturday.“Ahh man, I’ll miss this iconic duo,” one fan wrote alongside a picture of Bielsa and Clavijo.“Naturally everyone upset about Marcelo Bielsa but spare a thought for Andres Clavijo his translator - thanks for your hardwork translating Marcelo's thoughts.” wrote one Leeds supporter.Want to be
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Bielsa's Leeds legacy will deservedly live on - but refusal to change led to downfall
Marcelo Bielsa was the messiah who made Leeds fans fall back in love with football again.The Argentine led them back to the promised land of the Premier League after almost two decades of pain - and his beautiful brand of football transformed Leeds from the team people loved to hate to being their second favourite one in the land.He earned cult status for giving supporters a side to be proud of, transforming the lives of some and making the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Raphina and Patrick Bamford international stars as well as local legends.Bamford led the tributes of gratitude and thanks to the Argentine following his shock sacking, with the simple message "Thank you, the man who changed everything for everyone."It's a measure of the esteem in which Bielsa is held that Bamford was not alone in expressing his genuine sadness at the departure of the former Argentina and Chile manager.Several members of staff were said to be in floods of tears following Saturday's home thrashing by Tottenham, fearful Bielsa had taken charge of his final game.He would be applauded at service stations, followed around supermarkets and had hundreds of fans camped outside his rented home in Wetherby for days on end following promotion to the Premier League.The outpouring of footballing grief for someone Pep Guardiola once labelled "the best coach in the world" threatened to send social media into a meltdown.But despite qualities including being humble, ruthless and studios to the extreme, it was his stubbornness that led to his eventual downfall.Injuries to the likes of Bamford, Phillips and Liam Cooper didn't help, but Bielsa refused to compromise his principles of "pure football" irrespective of the fact Leeds were going backwards.Some people
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Leeds United break unwanted Premier League record as they ship four at home to Spurs
Leeds United have made history after becoming the first team in the Premier League era to concede 20 goals in a calendar month.They were thumped 4-0 by Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, leaving manager Marcelo Bielsa's future in serious doubt.In February, Leeds have shipped three goals against Aston Villa and Everton, four goals against Tottenham and Manchester United, and six goals against Liverpool.It's been a whopping 36 years since a team in the English top flight conceded so many times in just one month, with Newcastle United leaking 21 goals back in April 1986.Leeds have now conceded 60 goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other side, and Bielsa admitted after the game that this was a serious problem."The amount of goals conceded, of course it has a decisive influence on the results we obtain," the 66-year-old said."No team can think in progressing within the competition if you have a defensive weakness that's so manifested like ours."When asked if he was confident he could turn things around, his response was typically bullish."Of course," he said.Will Marcelo Bielsa get sacked? Let us know what you think in the comments section below...This latest defeat leaves Leeds perilously close to the relegation zone and sees Bielsa well and truly staring down the barrel at Elland Road.The club has won just three matches since October, and for the first time since the Argentine arrived in Yorkshire four years ago, he looks lost and even devoid of ideas.Leeds are now just three points from safety, but could slip into the drop-zone as four teams below them have games in hand.
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Liverpool break Premier League penalty record that leaves rival fans triggered
Liverpool have now been awarded more penalties than any other side in Premier League history following their 6-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa's struggling Leeds United.Manchester United were the previous record-holders, having been given 169 spot-kicks since 1992.But Jurgen Klopp's side have managed to knock them off their perch after being awarded penalty number 170 and 171 at Anfield on Wednesday night.Both efforts were successfully converted by Mohamad Salah - who brought his Premier League goal tally to 17 for the season - while goals from Joel Matip, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk completed the rout for the rampant Reds, who are now just three points behind league leaders Manchester City.Rival fans flooded to social media in a rage as some accused Liverpool of cheating their way to the record."Liverpool have literally dived their way to this record. Unbelievable," wrote one fan."How is it that Liverpool have only been Prem champs once but have won the most pens?? Doesn't make sense," another posted."Why am I not surprised," a third said.However, some saw things a little differently.Do Liverpool get awarded an unfair amount of penalties? Let us know what you reckon in the comments section..."The more intense in attacks a team is, the more they are likely to get penalties awarded.
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Three things Ralf Rangnick got right as Man Utd overcome Leeds - but one he got wrong
Ralf Rangnick made a number of eyebrow-raising changes ahead of the eagerly anticipated Premier League clash but his tinkering just about paid off.Harry Maguire opened the scoring at a sodden Elland Road with his first Red Devils goal in over a year to silence his doubters before Bruno Fernandes headed in a second on the stroke of half-time.Two Leeds goals in the space of a minute then flipped the game on its head.Rodrigo's mishit cross floated over a hapless David De Gea before Raphinha sparked bedlam at Elland Road tapping in from a drilled Dan James cross.United then reclaimed the lead thanks to Fred's smashed effort before Anthony Elanga sealed the vital three points for United late on.Daily Star Sport takes a look at three big calls that Rangnick got right and the one he got wrong in the crucial win...And three things he got right...Paul Pogba has made an impressive return from injury in recent weeks and looked a powerful presence in the first half against Leeds on Sunday.It was therefore a surprise to see the Frenchman pulled off after 67 minutes with Marcelo Bielsa's side having fought back from two goals down.Rangnick replaced him for Fred and it proved to be an inspired substitution.The Brazilian smashed home after receiving the ball from Sancho to regain United's lead a matter of moments after his entrance.While many questioned the decision to make the midfield change with the scores locked at 2-2, it proved to be the decisive moment.Anthony Elanga then added to Rangnick's substitute delight, grabbing the fourth late on with a slotted finish.Will Manchester United finish in the top four this season? Let us know in the comments section.Harry Maguire has been on the back end of some heavy criticism this season,
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West Ham ‘make huge £50m move for Leeds star Kalvin Phillips’ to partner Declan Rice
West Ham are set to make a sensational swoop for Kalvin Phillips, who they see as the ideal partner for Declan Rice.The Hammers intend for the Leeds maestro to team up with Rice, in a move that would shock both sets of fans.They set to make a record-breaking £50 million bid to team up Kalvin Phillips with his England teammate Declan Rice, according to The Sun.It would be an offer from entirely out the blue - and one that, if it came off, would certainly appease a large majority of West Ham fans.An offer has already been sent, according to reporters, but David Moyes side are prepared to wait until the summer to get their man.Phillips has been out of action for Leeds, currently recovering from a hamstring operation. But this has not deterred West Ham from making such an incredible move.Moyes is a huge fan of the 26-year-old and sees him as a great signing to push up the table into that top-four spot.If the move materialises, the Irons will have one of the best central midfield pairings in the Premier League.Marcelo Bielsa, who developed Phillips to the player he is today with thorough fitness training, will not want to lose one of his key assets.But while West Ham are in the ascendancy, Leeds are in a relegation battle, their loss to Newcastle last week exacerbating the situation further.Rice has been heavily linked with moves away from the London Stadium, with Chelsea being considered the frontrunners before - while more recently, Manchester United have been on his tail.Can you see this transfer coming off? Tell us in the comments section.Gary Neville recently lauded Rice, writing on Linkedin that his previous perceptions of the player was wrong.He said: Don’t go too early.
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