Is Diego Martinez being lined up as Bielsa's heir

05 Oct 2021 07:58 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 5th October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Is Diego Martinez being lined up as Bielsa's heir

Adam Leventhal, the Athletic correspondent for Watford football club has dropped a major hint that Granada head Coach Diego Martinez could take over from Marcelo Bielsa at the end of the season. He spent his younger years playing lower league football before turning his attention to coaching at just 24 (with Arenas Armilla). He spent seven years at Saville in various capacities before taking over at Osasuna. He left in 2018 to further his career with current club Granada.

Up until the weekend, (when Claudio Ranieri joined Watford) Marcelo Bielsa was the oldest Manager in the top flight. At 66, Leeds will be wondering how many more seasons the veteran Argentine has in him!

According to Laventhal:
"Diego Martinez, the former Granada head coach who has spent time in the UK working on his English and watching Premier League football, was linked (to the Watford Managerial role) but a source close to the Spaniard says Watford didn’t approach him. The highly regarded 40-year-old also has links with Leeds director of football Victor Orta, who may need a replacement for Marcelo Bielsa at the end of this season. Working in England is certainly on his radar".




Hay lifts the lid on O'Brien deal

Leeds Utd journalist has rubbished reports that the Whites were willing to part with £13m to land Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O'Brien. The 22 year old has become an integral part of Carlos Corberán's team, and has caught the eye of many Premiership scouts with his silky skills and combative nature, including Victor Orta.

Various reports over the Summer suggested Leeds and Huddersfield could not come to an agreement, even though the player himself came out in support of a move to Elland Road, yet the more time that passed, the less likely the deal was to happen. Terrier's chairman Phil Hodgkinson went public over the story, strongly insinuating that he had spurned a 13m offer from the Whites for his star player, but according to Hay, this did not happen:

Just to say, at no stage did Leeds bid £13m for O'Brien. Nothing like it. They weren't willing to go much over £4m and the deal stalled on that basis. They'd already decided not to both going higher when James became available so the two weren't linked in any way. Willock at £25m? If you have a look at our agents survey from last week, one of them put that down as the worst deal of the window. I know what he means.




Cooper and Llorente - The best partnership for now

Phil Hay believes that the Cooper / Llorente partnership can flourish in the Premiership, but accepts there will be a time when Pascal Struijk challenges the Captain for the No 6 shirt. Hay went on to say that he believes Cooper is sometimes treated unfairly by the Elland Road faithful.

Many fans (and pundits) took to social media at the weekend to lay into the Leeds skipper for his challenge on Watford defender Christian Kabasele inside the Leeds penalty area. Fortunately for Bielsa's team, the referee misjudged the situation, and awarded Cooper a free kick instead. This is not the first time, nor will it be his last that Cooper's clumsy tackling has cost (or nearly cost) his team points! Where does this leave Koch and Cresswell in the pecking order? Hay was quoted as saying...

I thought Cooper and Llorente had a very good game on Saturday. That might well be the best partnership for now (and I feel a bit like Cooper is always first in line for a hammering when things go wrong, sometimes unfairly). But Struijk is going to put more and more pressure on him. Will become an increasingly hard call I think.



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Broad Ford wrote on 08 Oct 2021 10:39 am

Mountain wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:01 pm But that doesn't make sense.

The IMF is not promoting the spread of the virus, it's conspiracy theory nonsense, and listening to sense and the alternative (ie nonsense) is not balanced.
The World Economic Forum ran a massive viral pandemic simulation called Event 201 a global pandemic exercise. (Just search event 201 on youtube)

Agreed they didn't spread the Corona virus, but did lay the foundations that we live by today such as lockdown, control and the suspension of our democratic values under an effective one party state here in the UK.

If this is all nonsense then I'm booking into the doctors for a chat. 🤕

Mountain wrote on 08 Oct 2021 07:49 am

Norm wrote: Fri Oct 08, 2021 4:13 am 'Fauci'-ists should keep their counsel. Nothing is really proven and the existing vaccines have caused unforeseen problems amongst a lot of people.
I have no qualifications whatsoever to assess what drugs and treatments are "really proven" across all medicine, so I'm in no position to decline medical advice.

Norm wrote on 08 Oct 2021 04:13 am

I always said I would never have an 'influenza' shot and I've had covid-19, almost asymptomatically, so I object to mandatory vaccinations.

'Fauci'-ists should keep their counsel. Nothing is really proven and the existing vaccines have caused unforeseen problems amongst a lot of people.

Mountain wrote on 07 Oct 2021 08:01 pm

Broad Ford wrote: Thu Oct 07, 2021 7:29 pm Alternative news sites abound all over the www. I suggest you seek out the serious ones to help balance out a good overall view of current events, both nationally and internationally.

A balanced view entails the reader reading both the pro and against views rather than being stubborn and relying on only one main stream channel for a one sided take on things.

Happy reading.
But that doesn't make sense.

The IMF is not promoting the spread of the virus, it's conspiracy theory nonsense, and listening to sense and the alternative (ie nonsense) is not balanced.

Broad Ford wrote on 07 Oct 2021 07:29 pm

Mountain wrote: Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:07 am What comic even publishes these conspiracy theory ravings, the authors must fall off the seat laughing at the thought that anyone would believe it
Alternative news sites abound all over the www. I suggest you seek out the serious ones to help balance out a good overall view of current events, both nationally and internationally.

A balanced view entails the reader reading both the pro and against views rather than being stubborn and relying on only one main stream channel for a one sided take on things.

Happy reading.