Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference on Thursday was a rather strange one.
Indeed, he went on an unprovoked rant about the state of pitches in England, and he also spoke a lot about transfers.
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Of course, we can’t expect a manager to be 100% transparent when it comes to talking about transfer dealings, but it seems as if Bielsa isn’t so truthful.
Phil Hay recorded the latest edition of The Phil Hay Show immediately after Bielsa’s presser on Thursday.
He made some observations about the manager’s demeanour, and also pulled him up on one of his comments.
“He looked on edge today, and he looked snappy,” Hay said. “He didn’t like a question about whether or not he’s demanding when it comes to transfers.
“The reality is that he can be. He doesn’t say yes to everybody, and he does turn down some of the targets that come his way, but he doesn’t want it to be painted as a scenario where they’re trying to sign players, they’re giving him good options but he’s saying no.”
Now, we’re not going to brand Bielsa as a liar, but it does seem as if he was spinning an untrue tale at his press conference on Thursday. He said:
“It’s never happened that I said no to a player because Victor knows the type of players I’m looking for and the characteristics of the team. There are a lot of things we consider – how many matches are left, how long it takes to adapt to the team.”
This really isn’t a good look for the Leeds manager to present to the media.
Bielsa looks like someone desperate to hide his flaws, someone who doesn’t want to be painted as a stubborn or demanding manager. In this situation, Victor Orta is made to look rather inept because it seems that he’s had suggestions shot down by the Argentine.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter all that much that Bielsa isn’t being open and honest with the press. After all, keeping things away from journalists is probably beneficial during a transfer window when rumours and reports about possible incomings are rife.
However, what does matter is that Orta hasn’t yet found the right player to appease the manager, something that desperately needs to improve in the final weeks of the window.