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Six things Leeds United fans learned from Marcelo Bielsa’s first press conference

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Six things Leeds United fans learned from Marcelo Bielsa’s first press conference

The Argentine gave his first press conference as a Leeds United manager today.

Marcelo Bielsa gave his first press conference as Leeds United manager this afternoon. The Argentine had plenty to say in an 80-minute chat with the local, national and international press.

So what did Leeds United learn?

He’s done his research

This was never going to be a concern. Known as a meticulous taskmaster and workaholic, Bielsa was always going to have checked out his new club.

Perhaps slightly surprising is just how much. Bielsa says he has watched all 51 of Leeds’ games from last season and knows the club and its players extremely well.

Orta the man for transfers

It seems that director of football Vitor Orta will be calling the shots on transfers. Since Bielsa got the job many of his former players have been linked. But it seems Orta will be the man to identify transfer targets which Bielsa will then ratify.

Whether that will please Leeds fans or not remains to be seen.  

(Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

More out than in?

It appears that Leeds will not be bringing in a heap of players. In fact, Bielsa hinted that the club has too many players as it is and he did not want things becoming ‘top-heavy’.

Whilst new faces will arrive, Bielsa is not going to want the cash splashed.

Language not a barrier

Bielsa used a translator for the press conference. However, he did reveal he has taken English lessons in the past and that he will be able to get his ideas across without speaking English.

The Argentine clearly feels that speaking English to the players will not be overtly necessary to implement his system.

(Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

No promises

Whereas many others who took the Leeds job highlighted the need for the club to be back in the Premier League, Bielsa made no promises.

Whilst admitting it was the dream, the Argentine stopped short of suggesting it was likely.


Prepare to be entertained. Leeds’ new boss wants to implement his attacking style at the club.

When asked if he preferred Don Revie or Brian Clough, he suggested the latter. Take that as you will and hope for exciting football at Elland Road next season.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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