Even a blind man’s dog could tell you that Marcelo Bielsa is working wonders at Elland Road, that’s if dogs could talk. If they could, this talking dog would be bang on the money with his Bielsa assessment.
What Bielsa has achieved since coming in to Elland Road is nothing short of remarkable. He’s managed to essentially turn a Thomas Christiansen/Paul Heckingbotton squad into a side that is purring and playing a brand of football that has fans drooling. What Bielsa has given Leeds United fans is hope, and is turning a ‘nearly’ side into a ‘really’ side.
Not bad for a fourth-choice managerial target according to Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani in an interview he gave to Italian media site Gazzetta dello Sport that was carried today. Radrizzani insinuates that Bielsa was the fourth in line to the Elland Road throne with answers he gives to questions directed towards him.
When asked whether there were any other names of the list, Radrizzani is quite open that there were. Top of his list was recently released Chelsea manager Antonio Cote who Radrizzani he has “a weakness for” – a weakness he’d have paid €20milion to sate. He also said that Claudio Ranieri was approached and, despite “being flattered by our interest” told Radrizzani that he was awaiting the call from a top-tier side.
Even when Gazzetta dello Sport asked if Radrizzani was only interested in Italian technicians, the Leeds United owner and club president threw another name out into the mix in Roberto Martinez. The problem with Martinez was his situation and links with the Belgian national side who were heavily involved in the World Cup.
Whilst there may have been three in front of him, Radrizzani still has the grace to say “In any case, we are extremely satisfied with Bielsa. We chose one of the best in the world.” Leeds United fans will be more than happy to echo that sentiment as their side look to gear up and face another relegated Premier League side in Swansea City with realistic hopes of a fourth successive Championship win in their sights.