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Marcelo Bielsa

For a man nicknamed ‘El Loco’ (mad man) and with little silverware in his long managerial career, Marcelo Bielsa is an unlikely hero to a younger generation of coaches including Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.

However, hordes of Leeds fans will now treat him with similar reverence after he guided one of English football’s sleeping giants back to the Premier League after a 16-year wait.

The Leeds bust that followed a boom time of big spending and a Champions League semi-final at the turn of the century lasted far longer than many people anticipated.

Leeds last played in the English top-flight in May 2004. A further relegation and three years in the third tier followed before a decade stuck in the mud of the gruelling 46-game a season Championship.

There was plenty of heartbreak along the way but perhaps none more so than in Bielsa’s eventful first season at Elland Road.

After being caught sending a spy to Derby’s training ground last year, Bielsa…



Source: Guardian Newspaper