Bielsa sacked: Live updates as Leeds United fans protest outside Elland Road after club sack Marcelo Bielsa

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Fans are gathering outside Elland Road in protest against Leeds United's decision to sack Marcelo Bielsa.

The club confirmed the departure in a statement this morning and are expected to replace him with former RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch.

The news comes less than 24 hours after a 4-0 defeat at Elland Road by Tottenham Hotspur.

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Leeds are sitting 16th in the Premier League table, two points clear of the drop zone after a six-game winless streak and four straight defeats at the hands of Everton, Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs.

Follow our blog below for live reactions from Elland Road.

Bielsa sacked: Live updates as fans gather outside Elland Road

Key Events

  • Leeds United have sacked Marcelo Bielsa
  • The club is expected to replace him with former RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch
  • Fans say they are ‘devastated’ as they gather outside Elland Road in protest
  • The crowd is building as news of Bielsa’s departure spreads through the city

Crowd steadily building outside Elland Road

As the news that Marcelo Bielsa has been sacked spreads through the city, a crowd is steadily building outside Elland Road.

Our reporter outside the stadium, Tony Gardner, estimates a crowd of around 60 people are there now.

Fans have told him they are “devastated” at the news.

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Crowds building outside Elland Road | JPI

‘Bielsa made Leeds fans whole’ says Leeds City Council leader

Leeds City Council leader James Lewis has reacted to news of Bielsa’s departure.

‘He brought the city together’: Fans react to departure

Steve Watson, 45, from East Ardsley, said: “I’m absolutely gutted. I think it’s ridiculous, Bielsa has got through a torrid amount of fixtures, really top teams, but it was always going to fine from now on.

“We had the spine of the team returning, but unfortunately the spine of the boardroom has disappeared when we needed it the most.”

Tony Snowden, 45, from Rothwell, said: “I’m devastated. Since he came his whole tenure has been more than about the football. It’s results-business at the end of the day, and I get that, but it’s about integrity and honesty.

“He brought the city together, we felt more in unity, and some of the football has been outrageous. It’s the kind of football you wouldn’t expect Leeds to play - flowing, attacking, high press.

“You’ve got to have real quality and depth of quality through a team to match that high press with the top of the league, the top six. But I’m gutted.”

Steve Watson, 45, of East ArdsleySteve Watson, 45, of East Ardsley
Steve Watson, 45, of East Ardsley | Steve Watson, 45, of East Ardsley

Pictures as fans gather outside Elland Road

Ethan Blackburn, aged 9, of Castleford is one of the supporters to arriveEthan Blackburn, aged 9, of Castleford is one of the supporters to arrive
Ethan Blackburn, aged 9, of Castleford is one of the supporters to arrive | JPI
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Fans gather outside Elland Road to protest against club’s decision

Leeds United fans are beginning to arrive outside Elland Road after the club confirmed Marcelo Bielsa’s departure.

A signed shirt has been laid by the Billy Bremner statue, with a note that reads:

Thank you. Thank you for giving us out club back! We will forever be grateful for you Marcelo. MOT

A signed shirt laid outside Elland RoadA signed shirt laid outside Elland Road
A signed shirt laid outside Elland Road | JPI

Marcelo Bielsa sacked, Leeds United confirm in statement

The news comes less than 24 hours after a 4-0 defeat at Elland Road by Tottenham Hotspur.

The club are expected to replace him with former RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch.

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