Speaking on his latest Q&A for The Athletic (Wednesday, 4pm), Leeds United correspondent Phil Hay has revealed “the only” player manager Marcelo Bielsa grew “tired of” – former defender Pontus Jansson.
Well, the Scottish journalist was asked whether he knew of any rifts the Argentinean boss had had with players given he has been labelled as “El Loco” previously, and Hay name-dropped Jansson.
He said: “He can be hard work and he’s not afraid to ruffle feathers but his authority at Leeds is absolute. No-one takes him on and everyone defers to him.
“It’s one reason when the last two seasons have gone so well – the dressing room has been on a tight leash. Jansson is the only player he tired of.”
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Probably a little, if we’re being honest.
As Hay says, Bielsa likes to be the authoritative figure whether it is in the dressing room or on the training pitch, and because of his stature it is natural that the majority of players will bow down and listen to the South American.
If he spots anyone unwilling to listen or a potential disruption in the dressing room however, he is clearly someone who wouldn’t be afraid to act – as he did with the Sweden international.
The now Brentford star was clearly a volatile and passionate character given how he sometimes acted on the pitch, and it was probably a trait that clashed with his manager’s demands during the centre-back’s spell at Elland Road.
It will be interesting to see if anyone else falls on Bielsa’s sword again anytime soon.