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I never wanted to sack Bielsa - Leeds Owner

Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that the sack of Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds United boss last season was due to a dismal run of form in the Premier League as he thought of sacking the Argentine manager.

Bielsa, who had guided Leeds back to the top flight and earned the admiration of the clubs' fans, was replaced by American Jesse Marsch midway into the season following poor results.

Marsch however ensured that the Whites remained in the Premier League after arriving at the club three months before the end of the season.

"I'd never thought to sack Bielsa," Radrizzani told The Athletic.

"I never thought this moment could happen, ever. He was a legend and he is a legend for what he achieved.

"I felt something was broken and that's when you have a tipping point, but it was too soon to take a decision."

Bielsa's dismissal caused an inevitable backlash from sections of the Leeds support, but Radrizzani had anticipated that.

He added: "I expected that [the reaction], but I needed to think about the club.

"I could see that the players, emotionally and physically, were really at the end.

"We needed to change, we needed something to impact the group. It was risky both ways.

"It wasn't easy to decide whether to potentially die with him or die with someone else."

Radrizzani also revealed his plans to name the Leeds training ground after Bielsa, an idea he has contacted Bielsa about.

"I also have an idea that I shared with him, that one day I would love to build a university of football with his name [on it]," he wrote.

The Whites start their Premier League campaign on Saturday with the visit of Wolves to Elland Road.

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