A FAMOUS Leeds United pub has been renamed "The Bielsa" in honour of the club's much-loved departing manager.

The Old Peacock, which sits just opposite the south stand of Elland Road and is a popular and iconic pre-match haunt, will undertake its new name in tribute to Marcelo Bielsa.

The 66-year-old Argentine is a cult hero among Leeds fans, having taken the Whites to the Premier League from the Championship after 16 years away.

Bielsa then stewarded United to a 9th-placed finish in their first season back, but was sacked by the club as results took a turn in recent weeks, despite fans pleading with the board to allow the talisman to stay in place for the rest of the season and have a chance at turning things around.

American, Jesse Marsch, has taken the reins instead, bringing to an end three-and-half-years of joy, success and happy memories for Leeds fans with Bielsa at the helm.

He became more than just a manager, transforming the mood of a city and even people's lives, with his propensity for being moral and treating football as a love, rather than a business.

Leeds United have already revealed the club are planning a permanent tribute to the Argentine and now The Old Peacock - which is run by Ossett Brewery - has now followed suit.

Ossett Brewery co-owner, Jamie Lawson said: “We were very sad to see Marcelo Bielsa exit the club last weekend and we felt it was right that we rename The Old Peacock for the rest of the season as a tribute to his great achievements in bringing the club back to life for all Leeds fans across the world."

The Old Peacock will remain as "The Bielsa" until the last United game of the season, when Leeds taken on Brentford away on Sunday, May 22.

The pub has a long association with Leeds, dating back more than 100 years.

For many years fans could sit on the roof to watch games when tickets were sold out.