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Ex-Leeds United star Danny Hay reportedly set to ‘pick’ Marcelo Bielsa’s brain

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Ex-Leeds United star Danny Hay reportedly set to ‘pick’ Marcelo Bielsa’s brain

Leeds United’s former defender is now manager of the New Zealand national team.

New Zealand’s new international boss Danny Hay will meet with Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa this month to discuss tactics, that is according to reports in New Zealand. 

Of course, that name will sound familiar to some Leeds United fans as Hay is a former Elland Road player. 

The former centre-back joined the club from Perth Glory in 1999 and spent three years in West Yorkshire. He played three times in the Premier League for Leeds and also played a part in the club’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in 1999-2000. 

Hay left for Walsall in 2002 and after retiring in found his way into coaching, becoming the New Zealand head coach in August. 

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The All Whites are in action this month against the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania and the trip to Europe is a chance for Hay to reconnect with his old club. 

As reported by TVNZ, Hay will visit Leeds United and ‘pick the brain’ of Bielsa before heading to Burnley to discuss his star striker, former Leeds man Chris Wood, with Sean Dyche. 


“I think it would be silly not to utilise those couple of days before the players come in to not get over there and build some relationships with some key people.”

TBR’s View

Hay will certainly be something of a nostalgic memory for plenty of Leeds United fans and he is right to use his connections with the club to get a meeting with ‘El Loco’. 

Bielsa is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballing minds on the planet, so it can only be a benefit to the New Zealand national team. 

Hopefully, Hay can take some of the good work from Bielsa’s Whites into action with his All Whites team during the international break.

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