Leeds fans place a full-page ad in Argentina’s newspaper to thank Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United fans took out a full-page advert in an Argentinian newspaper to thank former head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa left Leeds in February with the West Yorkshire club in poor form. The 66-year-old was in charge for almost four years and led the club back to the Premier League in 2020.

Ending Leeds’ 16-year exile from the Premier League and an enthralling style of football, Bielsa forged a strong bond with the club’s fanbase.

The city of Leeds named a street – ‘Marcelo Bielsa Way’ – after the manager in 2020 following their promotion to the top flight of English football.

Despite the club’s poor form in their second Premier League season and their proximity to the relegation zone, Bielsa’s sacking proved controversial among Leeds fans.

And it is these fans who placed an ad in La Capital in Rosario, the town of Bielsa.

The page has “THANK YOU MARCELO” printed in large letters, followed by a message to Bielsa in Spanish, translated as follows:

“We stood in the August sun of 2018, fascinated by football that we didn’t know was possible.

“And we felt something again.

“They reminded us that football can be beautiful and that a team can be more than the sum of its parts. page in front of yourself.

“And you gave us so much more than football. They got us through a pandemic and brought us together while we were all apart.

“They showed us that integrity and decency matter, in good times and bad.

“They have embraced our fears and turned our despair into hope and our footballers into heroes.

“You improved us all.

“You restored our pride, brought us joy and created precious memories that will last a lifetime.

And it was beautiful, Marcelo. And it will always be so beautiful. Thanks.”

Bielsa was replaced at Leeds by American coach Jesse Marsch. Under Marsch, Leeds have 10 points from six games and sit 16th in the league, nine points from the relegation zone.

Their next game is a trip to Crystal Palace on Monday April 25th.

(Photo: Newell’s Old Boys)

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