Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa vowed on Thursday not to resign from his technical duties but admitted at the same time that he does not rule out his dismissal after his team’s poor Premier League results.
Leeds are 16th with 16 points, ahead by five points Burnley after a historic 7-0 defeat to league leaders Manchester City in the 17th stage on Tuesday. The war of words arising after the biggest league defeat in Leeds’ history, and increased talk that Bielsa may leave The Elland Road stadium before being sacked, on the back of his team winning only three league games this season, with seven draws and the same number of defeats, in contrast to the ninth place he occupied last season 2020-21 after returning to the Premier League.
Asked if he feared being sacked, Bielsa said: “Do you think there is a coach who cannot be dismissed? Do you think I’m so naïve that I think I can’t be fired?” Do you think that after the 0-7 loss, I can get rid of the instability? Of course, the coach’s job is not stable.”However, the 66-year-old former Argentina coach, who was the mastermind behind Leeds’ return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, has no intention of leaving in the midst of the club’s battle to avoid relegation.” Of course I will continue to fight until the end of the season. I always think that in adversity you have to fight” and “I will fight until the end of the season without any doubt. I hope nothing happens that doesn’t allow me to act on what I just said.”
Despite the criticism sought by Bielsa, he is very popular with most of the club’s fans, while admitting before Saturday’s clash with Arsenal in the 18th stage” is my hardest time at Leeds. It’s the worst moment I’ve ever had in Leeds. Of course, a 0-7 loss is not just another defeat.”