Leeds have had a pretty crazy 2019 so far. With potential consequences of Marcelo Bielsa’s ‘spygate’ controversy looming throughout January, the Whites have let their lead slip but will have the opportunity to regain their seat at the top of the Championship this weekend against Bolton. They have also lost top-scorer Kemar Roofe to injury recently, but they battle on.
Their lineup might change from week to week as Bielsa struggles to contend with injury after injury, but what doesn’t change is the fans’ faith in the Argentine and his squad.
Making an appearance at an Under-23’s game on Monday, the former Athletic Bilbao boss was mobbed by supporters desperate to get a picture, to whom the eccentric manager obliged.
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His reasoning for doing so was explained in his pre-Bolton press conference on Thursday…
“I do it because in football the most important element are the people who love the shirt, the club. They’re not asking for an autograph or photo of me. They’re asking for a picture with the head coach of Leeds,” he said, as reported by Phil Hay of The Yorkshire Evening Post.
The 63-year-old is a huge hit with the Elland Road faithful – he will only go up in their estimations if he guides them to the Premier League this season – they were out in numbers and in awe of his response, as they reacted on Twitter…
I would walk 500 miles barefooted through broken glass just to hear Bielsa fart through a walkie talkie
— R a c h a e l 💙 💛 (@bossladyrachxo) February 21, 2019
he is legend..such a modest , humble and down to earth guy
— Tanbhir Shipul (@Tanbhir) February 21, 2019
He has no idea.
— – (@elyouefsey) February 21, 2019
Tell him he is wrong, it’s him we love and we are so damn lucky to have him ❤⚽
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) February 21, 2019
What a humble brilliant great man he is .We are so so lucky to have him.
— Barrie Worsnop (@gillroydmor) February 21, 2019
He just gets it doesn’t he ? The man is class ???
— wayne armitage ?? (@armo1972) February 21, 2019
No that’s not true, I’d I had queued it’s 100% because it’s Bielsa, I didn’t see 100s in line for a moment with Heckingbottom
— Briggsy0104 (@Briggsy0104) February 21, 2019
What a man. We should all learn from him
— Matt (@mattolufc) February 21, 2019
A rare case where Marcelo is wrong. He’s always humble, but he underestimates the impact his personality is having. It’s more than excitement about the team.
— Marcelo Bielsa Fan Account (@TotalLeedsball) February 21, 2019