A former Championship manager has made a rather intriguing claim about Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa this week.
The Argentine is already a cult hero amongst the walls of Elland Road and Thorp Arch, having a major effect on players and fans alike.
He’s also bred through many a great manager in his time, most notably as a mentor of both Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
And it appears he has another admirer in Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert, who revealed to talkSPORT on Friday morning that he had been reading his counterpart’s book.
“Tell you what I’m reading. I’m reading Marcelo Bielsa’s book at the minute. It’s really interesting and very good reading.
“I quite like reading that stuff that the other managers, especially the bigger ones – Pep, Jurgen [Klopp] and Bielsa – and Bielsa is a fascinating one, you know Pochettino, all fascinating guys in the backgrounds.
“I always think you learn, no matter what you’re reading or what, you’re never too good not to learn. You see these guys, the way they’ve come and how they’ve done, it’s really interesting factually how they go about it, you know.
“The job he’s doing at Leeds is fantastic.”
Paul Lambert to talkSPORT.
You never really hear about this sort of thing from members of management staff, so it is certainly interesting to learn that the Tractorboys chief is always trying to improve.
It is perhaps even less of a surprise to learn that he’s leaning on the tactical nous of Bielsa, considering he’s merely nine games away from steering Leeds United into the Premier League for the first time in 16 years all whilst Lambert’s Ipswich languish in League One following relegation last term.
The last meeting between the two sides saw the Suffolk side come out on top in a thrilling five-goal encounter at Portman Road, but clearly, their fortunes have taken drastically different paths ever since.
Bielsa is certainly a “fascinating” figure and despite lacking any real European glory, it’s clear to see he has a huge influence on many managers across the globe.
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