Bielsa’s Leeds: Redemption - Chasing the Dream

21 Feb 2021 03:26 pm, by YorkshireSquare

It’s July 2020 and fans of Leeds United are celebrating with a passion at the end of sixteen years as England’s forgotten club. Lockdown restrictions are ignored as they gather on Elland Road to mark United’s promotion. It had been the club’s longest ever stay outside the top-flight of English football but life had been restored by the inspirational leadership of Marcelo Bielsa. So how did Bielsa achieve the redemption of United and free them from a decade and a half of doom and gloom?

Bielsa’s Leeds: Redemption - Chasing the Dream is the story of how Andrea Radrizzani restored order to Leeds United Football Club and persuaded one of the globe’s most revered coaches to overturn twenty years of disaster and lead United back to the Premier League. It tells how Leeds escaped the clutches of Ken Bates and his declaration that the fans were ‘Morons’, survived the chaos of GFH Capital’s ownership and endured the Crazy World of Massimo Cellino before a soft landing with Radrizzani and the ascent back to football’s top table.

It recounts how Leeds went through nine managers and endless numbers of players in four years before Garry Monk restored sense and sensibility as Radrizzani took control. It covers the ill-advised experiments with Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom before Radrizzani finally got it right with Bielsa. It relives the Play-Off heartache of the Argentine’s first year, the extraordinary Championship triumph in the face of all that COVID-19 could throw at the world and Bielsa’s uncompromising assault on the Premier League. Naïve or messianic, stubborn or principled, you decide.

Bielsa’s Leeds: Redemption - Chasing the Dream, Dave Tomlinson’s fifth book about Leeds United, tells the tale of Dave and Gary. Both dyed in the wool Leeds fans and have been knocking around together ever since they met the day that Bates bought the club. They’re very different people, Dave and Gary, and would never have become acquainted if not for their shared obsession with the Gods. What these two very different men have in common is a deep and all-consuming love for the men in white. It is enough to bind them inextricably together this last decade and a half as the object of their affections teetered from crisis to crisis, with the journey punctuated occasionally by the most fleeting whiff of glory.

This book tells the tale of what life has been like for Dave, Gary and thousands like them as Leeds fans these last twenty years, wracked by hope and saddled by despair as They Who Should Have Known Better took us to the Edge of Oblivion, but could never stop us dreaming.

Vamos Leeds Carajo! THE WHITES ARE BACK!

Bielsa’s Leeds: Redemption - Chasing the Dream is available at Amazon now!