Bielsa’s three-and-a-half-year reign as Leeds manager came to an end on Sunday when the club decided to sack him following a poor run of form which included a 6-0 loss at Liverpool.


Leeds are wary of being relegated from the Premier League and are set to bring in Jesse Marsch as their new manager today.



Bielsa remains immensely popular amongst the players and the supporters and Walton conceded that football is a ruthless business with no place for sentiment.


The former White believes the Leeds players must now ensure that they survive in the Premier League this season as a way to pay tribute to Bielsa and his legacy.



He conceded that if Leeds get relegated, it will go into the Argentine’s record and Walton feels that the former Whites boss does not deserve that after what he did for the club.


The former White said on BBC Radio Leeds: “I have been involved in football all my life, it is a horrible ruthless business that has very little place for sentiment when it comes to getting a result on Saturday afternoon.



“It’s tough, it really is tough and it will hurt people. I have seen tears, I know people.


“Unfortunately this is football and the show must go on.


“We have got an extremely important 14 or 15 games left of the season and the best tribute, from a footballing point of view, we can give to Marcelo Bielsa for everything that he has done for us is that his legacy lives on the Premier League.


“That’s all we can concentrate on as a football club.


“Whether it was right wrong, whatever the reasons or people’s opinion are, for us as a football club, owners, players, fans, broadcasters or the media, to give Marcelo Bielsa the send-off and the legacy he deserves we need to be playing in the Premier League come the first game of next season.


“He doesn’t deserve to have a relegation on his CV and it will be on his CV.”


Marsch is set to take over today and his first game in charge will be a trip to Leicester City next weekend.