Leeds United have completed a deal to bring controversial manager, Marcelo Bielsa to the club. The flamboyant former Argentina boss brings a big reputation to the Championship club and will make a big impact at Elland Road this summer.
The 62-year-old last been employed by French side Lille, an association that ended in acrimonious fashion when he fell out with the club’s hierarchy toward the end of last year.Having managed Velez Sarsfield and Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland, he coached his national side for six years as well as the Chile national team.
He has a few titles as manager, winning the Olympic gold medal with Argentina in 2004 as well as leading them to the Copa America final. At Athletic Bilbao he came close to winning two titles, leading them to the Europa League final in 2012 where they lost out to Atletico Madrid and also the Copa del Rey final where they lost out to Barcelona.
Bielsa must gain a work permit for the deal to go through, but everything is signed and he is ready to take over immediately. Leeds have been after a new boss since sacking Paul Heckingbottom after just 16 games on the 1st June.
This is a fascinating appointment for Leeds, with the prospect of Bielsa taking his intensive, attacking and high-tempo style of play to the English second tier being yet another reason to take an interest in the incredibly competitive division. A deal is expected to be officially announced in a few hours, once the work permit has arrived.