Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa indicators two-year contract to turn into new supervisor
Ex-Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa says a membership with Leeds United’s historical past was “not possible to show down” after being named supervisor of the Championship membership.
Leeds started talks with Bielsa after sacking Paul Heckingbottom on 1 June and the 62-year-old has agreed a two-year cope with an choice for a 3rd.
Bielsa has beforehand managed golf equipment in his native Argentina, Spain and France.
Will probably be the fifth successive season that Leeds have began a marketing campaign with a brand new supervisor.
“It has at all times been my ambition to work in England and I’ve had a number of alternatives to take action throughout my profession, nonetheless I’ve at all times felt it was vital to attend for the precise undertaking to return alongside and so when a membership with Leeds United’s historical past made me a suggestion, it was not possible to show down,” Bielsa mentioned in an announcement.
“I’m excited for the problem forward.”
Bielsa, who additionally had a spell accountable for Chile’s nationwide workforce, has been Leeds’ major goal since Heckingbottom’s dismissal, with managing director Angus Kinnear saying the membership needed a extra skilled supervisor.
Bielsa will ‘create a brand new tradition’
“He’s a coach that I’ve admired for a few years and when the chance arose to deliver him to Elland Highway, we made it our prime precedence for the summer time,” mentioned chairman Andrea Radrizzani.
“Marcelo has a wealth of expertise and he’ll use that to create a brand new tradition and a profitable mentality at our soccer membership.
“I want to thank Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear for the entire onerous work that has gone into this appointment and I stay up for progressing collectively.”
The Argentine has hung out accountable for Athletic Bilbao and Marseille, and was beforehand at Lille.
Nonetheless, he has been out of labor since December after being sacked by the Ligue 1 aspect following a run of three wins in 13 video games.
Bielsa is very regarded by each Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola and Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino, with the latter calling him his “football father”.
Pochettino, who labored with Bielsa throughout his time as head coach of the Argentina nationwide aspect between 1998 and 2004, informed SFR Sport: “We’re a technology of coaches who had been his disciples.
“How he feels soccer, the fervour he has for soccer, I feel all of us took that from him.”
‘Assertion of intent by Leeds’
Evaluation – Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds
The appointment is among the highest-profile within the close to 100-year historical past of Leeds United. It has to rank up with the arrival of Brian Clough and Jock Stein within the 1970s.
It’s a massive assertion of intent from Radrizzani, who, alongside along with his administration workforce, have gone to nice lengths throughout a month of protracted negotiations to land Bielsa.
Bielsa might not have expertise of managing in England, however he’s undoubtedly a reputation to seize the creativeness of the United supporters.
They’ll hope that he has, or is given, the gamers to execute efficiently his high-pressing, high-octane 3-3-1-Three formation over a 46-game Championship marketing campaign.