It seems that Leeds United are edging ever closer to appointing Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new manager, with the former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille manager reportedly agreeing terms with the Yorkshire club.
The only thing standing in his way is a work permit, but that is expected to be approved in the coming days.
Leeds United fans will be thrilled to get hold of such a big name, but is the appointment going to work?
Here are some potential reasons why the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa is the wrong decision:]
1) He cannot speak the language –
It goes without saying that in football, you need to be able to speak the same language as your players. Everyone says that football is it’s own language, but if you cannot get your point of view across to your players, you are going to struggle. Phil Hay, who writes for the Yorkshire Evening Post, confirmed today that Marcelo Bielsa in fact cannot speak much English. This is going to prove very difficult for the players, who will struggle to build a relationship with the Spanish speaking manager if they are unable to talk to him.
no, or not much
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 13, 2018
2) He has been littered with previous controversies –
It goes without saying that some of the biggest names in football have caused several controversial moments over the course of their career, and Marcelo Bielsa is no different. His time at French top flight side Marseille was cut short after he conflicted with the board room members. Following his spell at Marseille, he decided to take the vacant job at Lazio. However, just two days later, he decided to resign, causing outrage at the Italian club.
3) His player management is often questionable –
Granted, Marcelo Bielsa has received praise from some of the biggest names in football. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola described him as one of the best ever managers, and if that isn’t the biggest compliment in the world then I don’t know what is. And it’s true, that tactically, his football is admirable. However, when it comes to player management, Bielsa often appears to struggle. During his time at Athletic Bilbao, he fell out with striker Fernando Llorente, and decided to freeze him out of the first team picture due to disagreements over his contract. In his previous job at Lille, he also struggled with player management, with many of the first team players deciding to leave the French club due to Bielsa’s influence on them.
So while it may seem like an excellent appointment because of the big name that he is in football, Marcelo Bielsa may prove to be the wrong choice for Leeds United fans, and the club could be left regretting it come Christmas.