Bielsa signs with Leeds United for a second season
28 May 2019 11:44am, by YorkshireSquare
Leeds United have today announced what all Leeds fans have been waiting for, that Marcelo Bielsa is staying for a second season. Whether history views 2018/2019 as a success or not was always going to be based on how we used the foundations built and progress made in Bielsa’s first season to push on and key to that was securing the services of Bielsa for a second season. The statement release on the cubs official website reads...
Leeds United are delighted to confirm that Chairman Andrea Radrizzani has officially exercised the option to extend Marcelo Bielsa’s contract for a second season. Marcelo has met with the Board of Directors on a number of occasions over the past few days and has confirmed his intention to continue on in his role of Head Coach.
Bielsa penned a two-year deal with the Whites in June 2018 with the club maintaining the right to extend or terminate the deal at the end of year one. During Marcelo's debut season in English football, the team amassed a total of 83 points - the highest points total since promotion from League One during the 2009/10 season, playing an attractive brand of football which has helped Bielsa to become a popular figure amongst supporters.
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In Bielsa’s first season we attracted great media interest to Leeds United both in England and around the world. We achieved our highest points total in nearly 29 years, our highest league position since we won promotion from League 1 under Simon Grayson. The fanbase is united again and reconnected with the club in a way which has not been seen for many years. Leeds for better or worse are genuine box office again.
We now play a brand of football that you usually only see in the top leagues with top players. We saw improvement in many of our players, many of whom frankly didn't seem to have it in them in previous seasons; Ayling, Phillips, Klich, Roofe, Cooper to name a few. Plenty of potential future stars were given a chance in the first team; Clarke, Shackleton, Halme, Roberts and Davis the highlights. Our Under 23s, playing the same system as the first team, saw a lot of success with more young players ready to break through.
The foundations have been laid to push on next season. A philosophy and style of play has been instilled at all levels of the blub, our players have improved across the board and we have an exciting crop of youngsters coming through. This isn't the beginning of the end, it's the end of the beginning.