Things may not be going as some fans want on the transfer front, with anger directed at Victor Orta for his lack of action, but Phil Hay’s latest update is also something fans don’t want to hear.
The Atheltic journalist has explained that he attempted to contact former translator Salim Lamrani, but his appeal was rejected. Hay also added that Lamrani left the club on bad terms due to things turning sour between him and Marcelo Bielsa.
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Leeds have continued to be successful on the pitch under the Argentine, but it is likely disappointing news for supporters to stomach given how popular Lamrani was – supporters even had a song for him.
This makes me sad
— Ross D (@news_leeds) January 14, 2020
That was me asking that in the Q&A earlier with Phil.
Sad to see things turned sour.
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) January 14, 2020
That’s a shame as I really liked him far better than the current fella
— MaxFlash67 (@maxrgreen) January 14, 2020
My heart is broken
— Camiloooooo (@CAlcapia) January 14, 2020
I saw, totally gutted. Very strange how he just went! Thought he was just returning to his ” proper job”
Heard he was trying to ” coach” and Bielsa didn’t like it.
— Karen Cooper (@bodkin63) January 15, 2020
It seems like quite an overreaction to someone who had no influence over first-team affairs at the club, and fans should instead concentrate on the fact that they still have a great manager in Bielsa at the helm.
After last season’s disappointment in missing out on promotion he has taken Leeds to second place this term, and if he is able to add over the January window then Leeds will be in a great position to progress their promotion bid.
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A lack of transfer news seems to have created avenues for other discussions, however, with a few fans speculating as to why the relationship between Lamrani and Bielsa declined.
Were there not rumours Salim got a bit above his station and started acting like a coach?
— Bobby (@bobby_wilson1) January 14, 2020
Phil said before that the actual reason he left was because Salim was trying to get too involved in the football side of things which wasn’t his remit. Cheers though Lewis
— M W (@mewebb1) January 14, 2020
Footballing reasons would certainly make a great deal of sense, particularly for a stubborn and authoritative manager like the Argentine, but some fans disagree, suggesting it comes down to the more pertinent issue of Lamrani not fulfilling his role sufficiently.
Because he kept translating incorrectly. Bielsa had a list of demands that had to be met if we wanted him here this season, and Salim leaving was on that list.
— LUFC Lewis (@LewisDeighton17) January 14, 2020
The breakdown between the two was to do with how you say Ipswich….
— DB (@DanB2308) January 14, 2020
In other news, Leeds fans have been discussing a player in the squad and what Bielsa should do with him after witnessing him in the under 23s.