- Leeds United were relegated from the English Premier League on the final day of the season following a 4-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur
- The West Yorkshire side went into the match against Spurs needing not only victory but for relegation rivals Leicester City and Everton to suffer defeats
Leeds United were relegated from the English Premier League on the final day of the season following a 4-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Leeds went into the match against Spurs needing not only victory but for relegation rivals Leicester City and Everton to suffer defeats. Since both teams won, Leeds’ three-season stay in the Premier League is over.
The West Yorkshire side had not kept a clean sheet since January and its hopes of doing so on Sunday were extinguished after just two minutes of play when Harry Kane found the back of the net. Pedro Porro doubled the visitor’s lead in the 47th minute before Jack Harrison scored Leeds’ only goal of the match in the 67th minute.
Harry Kane then scored his 30th league goal of the season barely two minutes after Harrison’s goal. Lucas Moura marked his final appearance for Tottenham Hotspur with a goal in injury time.
The damage was bad for Leeds and the fans turned on both their team and the owners following the pitiful end at Elland Road. Leeds chairman and majority owner Andrea Radrizzani was not at the game but received a message from the fans to sell the club. The fans chanted “sack the board” in the latter stages of the game.
One Leeds fan invaded the pitch in the last 15 minutes of the game and was hauled away by a dozen of stewards. The fans on the stands sang “he’s got more fight than you” in reference to Leeds poor performance this season. They also sang songs supporting Marcelo Bielsa, who was sacked by the board last season.
The last time Leeds were relegated it took them 16 years to return to action. Before that, it took them eight years to return to top flight when they were relegated in 1982. Well, that clearly explains the frustrations of Leeds fans who hope that previous occurrences awaits them again.
Sam Allardyce Apologizes To Leeds Fans
Three years after Marcelo Bielsa returned Leeds United to the top flight, they have been relegated once again to the Championship. Both manager Sam Allardyce and Leeds United board apologized for the club’s relegation in their own statement. According to Sam, he tried his best to get Leeds out of trouble but the odds were against them.
“I tried my best to get Leeds out of trouble, but I can’t enjoy anything when I don’t win. We didn’t leave a stone unturned and it’s really sad that Leeds is in this position and to the fans, I apologize that I didn’t do better and the players didn’t do better.” The Independent quotes Sam Allardyce.
The England international was brought in for Leeds United final four games of the season.