On the verge of signing a new deal
Revered coach Marcelo Bielsa is on the verge of signing a new contract at Leeds United, according to a report from The Telegraph. The 65-year-old Argentine has had a fantastic career in the North of England to date, having brought Leeds back up to the Premier League.
The report confirms that:
“Telegraph Sport understands there is an expectation behind the scenes at Elland Road that Bielsa has decided to stay and remains totally committed to the project he started back in 2018.”
Despite concerns about the quality of their squad, the Whites have been hailed as a breath of fresh air in the Premier League, and Bielsa is on course to lead his team to a very respectable mid-table finish. The South American is something of a cult hero at Leeds, with a mural having even been dedicated to him,
This Marcelo Bielsa mural in Hyde Park, Leeds is 👌👌 pic.twitter.com/yYxS4JCIPx
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Bielsa’s energetic tactics have earned him great results versus the traditional “top six” this season, including victories over Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Although Leeds have at times looked too gung-ho to really succeed at the top level, Bielsa’s dogmatic approach to football has won the club a large following over the course of the campaign.
Performances by key players have not gone unnoticed, either – Patrick Bamford and Raphinha, two of Bielsa’s key men, have reportedly attracted interest from top clubs, whilst the likes of Patrick Struijk, Diego Llorente and Robin Koch have proved to be shrewd acquisitions.
Back where they belong
After the poor decade that Leeds endured following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2003/2004 season, the club continued to struggle until Bielsa took the reins in 2018. His time at Elland Road has since proven to be the longest stint that the Argentine has enjoyed at any club in his managerial career, and has included Bielsa being named on the five-man shortlist for Fifa men’s coach of the year, alongside Zinedine Zidane, Hansi Flick, Julen Lopetegui and Jürgen Klopp.
With Bielsa remaining in charge, it will be fascinating to see just how far this Leeds side can go whilst continuing to follow their current approach. With mid-table status firmly secured, their eyes will surely be on challenging for European football over the seasons to come.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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