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Reports from Football Insider on Thursday stated that Marcelo Bielsa is at loggerheads with the higher-ups at Leeds United due to the timing of the club’s pre-season tour in Australia.
Of course, travelling to the other side of the world less than a month before your season gets started isn’t ideal, but the Argentine has known about this for months now, so he needs to just get on with it.
We’ve all known that Leeds were heading down under since November last year, and Bielsa seemed quite happy with the arrangement back then.
“I am pleased that we have been given the opportunity to take the team over to Australia to help us prepare for the 2019/20 season,” the Argentine said.
It’s understandable that any football manager wouldn’t be happy with his squad travelling such a distance so close to the start of the season, but in this case, Bielsa has no grounds to be kicking off with people in charge at the club.
Causing a stir achieves nothing, Leeds will be going to Australia no matter what, and the reported problems have seemingly reached the press which could cause further strain on the relationship between Bielsa and club officials.
The 63-year-old would have been better off just biting his tongue and getting on with it while making it clear that he doesn’t want the same situation to arise next season.
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Managers can sometimes get lost with what’s happening on the pitch, but the directors know what’s best for commercial gains and a tour of Australia could bring in a wealth of new supporters which could provide the club with a financial boost.
With Leeds’ apparent struggles with FFP compliance, this tour could be vital in terms of extra income, and while it may cause problems with fatigue, Bielsa’s complaints won’t change anything.