Leeds’ Angus Kinnear reveals how contract talks with Marcelo Bielsa went down

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Speaking on episode 71 of the Talking Shutt Podcast, Leeds Managing Director Angus Kinnear has revealed what was discussed during the opening round of talks with Marcelo Bielsa over his new contract.

What’s he said?

After Leeds failed to achieve promotion last season Bielsa’s future was always going to be in doubt.

This is a man who has been at some prestigious club’s around Europe but that didn’t seem to bother him as he put pen to paper on a new deal at Elland Road in May.

The Argentine has since led his team to the top of the table in the Championship after the first month and a half of the new campaign.

However, appearing on the Talking Shutt Podcast this week, Kinnear has noted how the talks happened and what was actually said in the meeting between him, Bielsa and Andrea Radrizzani. He commented:

“The first conversation we had was actually him talking through the analysis of what went wrong and what we need to do to put things right. After listening to him for an hour and a half I just looked at Andrea and said this is the man that’s going to take us up.

“It was so comprehensive and he knew exactly what we needed to do to get it right. He had a plan which was going to right the wrongs of last season. I think emotionally he wanted to stay.”

Passionate Bielsa

Kinnear’s comments are incredibly intriguing and it’s fascinating to see just how invested in the club Bielsa is.

Judging by those comments there is a definite project that the 64-year-old has in place and for him to bring that to the table during negotiations after the playoffs should bring great hope to Leeds.

The hierarchy did a brilliant job to get him on board in the first place but it appears that talks to get him to extend his stay in west Yorkshire were actually easier than anticipated.

Bielsa is clearly emotionally invested in proceedings and with Leeds sitting top of the league after their heartbreak last season, it only goes to show that he knew what needed to be done.

The Whites are in a perfect place at the moment and have been relatively unaffected by player sales. Could this be their year? Only time will tell, but with Bielsa at the helm they have an excellent chance.

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