Goodbye, Bielsa

Breaking The Lines paid tribute to Marcelo Bielsa who was sacked by Leeds United in February:

It did look, for all intents and purposes, that Leeds would end up going down with Bielsa at the helm as the Argentinian tactician refused to adopt a different approach. In the end, Bielsa accepted the loss of his job by doing what he fervently believed in. 

Remarkably, there was a great deal of admiration around the football world for the circumstances that led to Bielsa’s firing with many fans and pundits praising the 66-year-old for sticking to his beliefs.

That was, of course, the ‘Bielsa Way’ but crucially, he had also earned an enormous amount of global goodwill over the 42 months that he spent in West Yorkshire.

Perhaps there was even a sense of surprise among the Leeds fanbase: with the outpouring of emotion from the football world following his sacking, Bielsa had clearly earned the respect of those further afield than Elland Road. 

I’m interested to see where he ends up next. And for how long.

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