Ian Wright has said something controversial about Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds


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Speaking on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, Ian Wright has been discussing Leeds’ relegation chances and the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds are in real danger of going down this season, and on Sunday, the fans made it very clear that they weren’t happy with the decision to sack Bielsa back in February, chanting his name towards the end of the Brighton game.

Inevitably, there have since been conversations around whether or not sacking Bielsa was a mistake, but Wright has gone in the other direction, stating that Leeds didn’t sack him soon enough.

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What’s been said?

Wright claimed that Leeds should have sacked Bielsa sooner.

“I think it’s going to be Leeds and if Leeds do go down, was sacking Bielsa a mistake then?” Wright was asked.

“Can I say something, oh my god I’m going to throw something in. I think they should have gotten rid of him earlier, given someone time to really change it, do it early, whether it was Marsch or whoever it is, they needed time to get the team playing in a different style,” Wright said.

“Bielsa has to get love for what he’s done for Leeds, but there comes a time where someone has to just make that decision.”

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Got a point

These comments from Wright will undoubtedly go down like a lead balloon amongst Leeds fans. After all, Bielsa is a legend in many supporters’ eyes.

However, it has to be said, Wright does have a point here.

Bielsa’s style wasn’t working this season – that’s why he was sacked, but the timing of the sacking was utterly bizarre.

If you’re going to get rid of a manager who plays in such a unique way, you need to make sure that your new man not only has time to implement his style but has a transfer window to build the squad in his image.

Bielsa was sacked just four weeks after the January window closed, and, with all due respect, the writing had been on the wall for quite some time prior to his departure.

Perhaps Leeds wouldn’t be in this mess if they’d pulled the trigger on Bielsa sooner.

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