Marcelo Bielsa, A Reality Check

23 Oct 2019 11:34 am, by YorkshireSquare


By its very nature football is a passionate game, it evokes emotion and debate. None more so than the Bamford versus Nketiah debate. On Tuesday night against Preston Bamford fluffed his lines yet again, six shots none of which were on target, whilst Eddie saved the day with a 87th minute equaliser. The debate raged, be it on the coaches home or on social media, who should start? Bamford or Nketiah? Some questioned Marcelo Bielsa’s decisions, his methods, some even questioned his future at the club. But in the shadow of a draw that felt like two points dropped, as emotions run high we should take a reality check.

To put things into context we are second in the Championship, two points of the leaders having won one more game than at the same stage last season. We have never been below fifth with Bielsa as head coach. He has been an inspiration, a genius who took a mid-table team and turned them into promotion contenders, without him we fall away again. Could anyone do better with the current squad we have? Bielsa has brought not just the playing side but the entire club forward in leaps and bounds since he came in last summer.

Of course Bielsa is not perfect, he is an idealist, loyal to his players, perhaps stubborn. The fans views are born out of frustration at this stubbornness. A frustration from dominating games but not scoring, from making the same mistakes as last season, from seeing us miss out on promotion again. As supporters it’s only right we have our say, shout from the stands, argue in the pub, debate on social media. But Marcelo Bielsa is the man with the vision, with the plan and so far it has served us well. Standing second in a below par Championship we have every chance of gaining promotion and Marcelo Bielsa is the man to get us there.

He may need to be more flexible but we certainly shouldn’t be calling for his head.

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Irish Ian wrote on 26 Oct 2019 09:50 am

rich_leeds64 wrote:
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:40 am
Marcelo Bielsa is the cleverest most studious manager we’ve had in modern times. Anyone who moans needs a spell in an asylum, we’re 2nd in the table, 1 point better than this time last year. He’s stated several times this season that we’ve learnt from last seasons disappointment therefore has anyone thought he’s timing the run in already? He’s making sure we’re there or there abouts and unlike last season when it came to the last few games and we completely ran out of steam we’ll be able to kick on and ensure 1st or 2nd place.
Have faith in him, just because we’re not destroying teams 9-0 every week we’re better placed than last season at this stage.
Cant see how he is timing a run 64? He isnt rotating players through the team in an effort to rest key players while bringing others in to sharpen others.
The fact he wants to keep a player in the side eg Dallas when his position isnt available does not fill me with confidence. It isnt as if we are short in midfield either.

rich_leeds64 wrote on 26 Oct 2019 08:40 am

Marcelo Bielsa is the cleverest most studious manager we’ve had in modern times. Anyone who moans needs a spell in an asylum, we’re 2nd in the table, 1 point better than this time last year. He’s stated several times this season that we’ve learnt from last seasons disappointment therefore has anyone thought he’s timing the run in already? He’s making sure we’re there or there abouts and unlike last season when it came to the last few games and we completely ran out of steam we’ll be able to kick on and ensure 1st or 2nd place.
Have faith in him, just because we’re not destroying teams 9-0 every week we’re better placed than last season at this stage.

Ellandback1 wrote on 23 Oct 2019 05:15 pm

YorkshireSquare wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:34 am
This Eddie vs Bamford debate has certainly caused strong feelings, even people calling Bielsa to go for his stubbornness.

To put things into context we are 2nd in the Championship, 1 point of the leaders having won 1 more game than at the same stage as last season. We have never been below 5th with Bielsa in charge.

Is it really right to call for him to go? Would anyone else get the same level of performance from this group? Who would replace him?
One point from the top, but 5 points off mid table obscurity.

If something doesn't work, you have to change it

gessa wrote on 23 Oct 2019 04:58 pm

Must be quite a unique situation, no one calling for your head, yet highly critical of you, whether it be defeat, draw or those lucky wins we keep getting.

Doire_Boi wrote on 23 Oct 2019 04:48 pm

Drop bamford for eddie and problem solved.

If your not willing to do this MB at least give them a half each.. the wee lad is on form and he must be pulling his hair out at MB not giving him a proper chance.