Marcelo Bielsa is one of the most enigmatic characters in football.
The Argentine is truly one of a kind, and some of the stories you read about him defy belief.
The 64-year-old’s mind quite clearly doesn’t work in the same way as many football managers – how many coaches do you know that would confront fans with a grenade? Strangely enough, that’s something he did when he was still in his homeland.
However, his peculiar ways can sometimes hurt his sides, ‘Bielsa burnout‘ is a highly-publicised trend that has plagued his teams for years, but it seems as though he is developing a bit of an unhealthy obsession at Leeds United.
Indeed, the former Marseille boss seems to want to know everything the media are saying about him and his team, and that is dangerous for a number of reasons.
Phil Hay stated on his podcast last week that Bielsa cut out every article he wrote about him in the Yorkshire Evening Post, having them translated for him.
“The initial impression of Bielsa is that he took virtually no interest in the media, beyond jousting at press conferences,” Hay said (The Phil Hay show 7/2/20, 2:30)
“Last season I heard he was cutting out everything I was writing about him and getting it translated,” Hay added. “He’s obviously on top of everything being discussed.”
The Argentine’s desire to know everything that’s being said was evident once again, in his press conference this week.
On Monday he complained about people making jokes about his 59-minute meeting with the media the week before.
It’s no secret that the Argentine isn’t fluent in English because he uses a translator in every single one of his press conferences, so he’d have to actively seek out these articles and criticisms.
The former Argentina boss is clearly affected by what he reads, even stating on Monday that he wasn’t happy with the response, and with a lot being made about Leeds’ mentality at the moment, he shouldn’t be tuned in to stuff like that.
Of course, the curiosity to know what people are saying about you will always be there, but the 64-year-old has to learn to ignore what’s being said, or else he’ll continue to be annoyed by what is being said about him, especially when Leeds are in a bad run of form.