Marcelo Bielsa has been sacked as Leeds United manager following a string of poor Premier League results and Richard Keys has made no attempt to hide his complacency.
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Bielsa have legendary status at Leeds after taking them up from the Championship and finishing ninth last season.
But a series of four heavy lossesWith a total score of 17-2, president Andrea Radrizzani made the difficult decision to fire Bielsa after three and a half years in office.
Radrizzani said: “This has been the most difficult decision I have had to make during my tenure at Leeds United, taking into account all the success Marcelo has had at the club.
Leeds is ranked 16th on the Premier League table, 2 points above the relegation zone, with the remaining 12 matches being matches.
The former Sky Sports Keys presenter, who is now head of IN SPORTS coverage from Qatar, has never been enamored with Bielsa and has managed to overcome his complacency through his recent tweets.
I wrote on Saturday night: “This is unsustainable for Leeds. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bielsa fired tonight. They will go down if they don’t do something. ”
After Bielsa was actually fired, he added : “Looks like I already know what I’m talking about….”
Leeds look set to appoint Jesse Marsch as Bielsa’s successor as they pin their hopes on the former RB Leipzig coach to steer them out of their slump.
Marsch had been successful with Red Bull Salzburg before taking the job at Leipzig, but Keys was not convinced by his credentials.
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Keys was a longtime supporter of Sam Allardyce and believe he is the perfect man for the job in Yorkshire.
“I’ll talk to Sam Allardyce when we talk and say we only have one target, Sam, and you’ve done it many times… just keep us safe!” Keys said on beIN SPORTS.
Allardyce has been out of work since stepping down as West Bromwich Albion manager at the end of the 2020/21 season following relegation from the Premier League – the first game of his long career.
Keys’ crime partner Andy Gray agreed with his colleague and did not think Marsch could work at Leeds.
“[Marsch] Gray said.
“And you ask him to go into the toughest league in world football and say, ‘Let’s rescue this team’ that’s it. [down] there at this time confidence-wise and faith-wise.
“You ask a guy, unchallenged at this level, to do it.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/richard-keys-marcelo-bielsa-smugness-26344181 Richard Keys' smug reaction after Marcelo Bielsa's prediction and Leeds prove the position