Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is ‘so sorry’ for Marcelo Bielsa and wishes the manager well after his departure from Leeds United on Sunday.
The club parted company with Bielsa in the wake of the team’s 4-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday – their fourth loss from their last five matches.
The 66-year-old first joined Leeds in 2018, and went on to get them promoted back to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years in his second campaign.
But recent results have seen Leeds drop down to 16th place in the table, leaving them two points above the relegation places.
Bielsa, a widely popular figure at the club who is also revered by his managerial counterparts, has received messages of support.
‘I am so sorry for him,’ said City boss Pep Guardiola on Monday.
‘His legacy is there in Leeds’ city and the club and I am pretty sure with the players.
‘Unfortunately as managers we are subject to results and lately they were not good.
‘But in the four seasons, he was spectacular to watch and wish him all the best.’
‘I am very disappointed,’ said Tottenham manager Antonio Conte. ‘We are talking about an important manager. We are talking about a person that is a master for many managers and many coaches, in the past and the present.
‘Yesterday, when I read the news, this news hurt me. We are talking about, not just a manager with a great idea of football and vision of football. And taught a lot to the other people.
‘But, at the same time, I have great respect for him as a person and as a man because, in every situation, he showed great integrity.’
Former RB Leipzig head coach Jesse Marsch is set to succeed Bielsa at Elland Road.
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