Leeds United have spent the last eight years languishing in the Championship and rarely threatening a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, but at least the coming season at Elland Road should be fun following the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as the club’s new coach. The 62-year-old Argentinian, who spent six years in charge of his country’s national side and four years as coach of Chile, is known for his fluid 3-3-3-1 formation and for a commitment to attacking, entertaining football.
In club football Bielsa is perhaps best known for his spell as the head coach of Athletic Bilbao, who he led to a thrilling 3-2 Europa League victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2012 – his side went on to complete a 5-3 aggregate victory and reach the final of the competition. Thomas Christensen and Paul Heckingbottom each had brief spells at the helm of the Yorkshire club last season, but despite a bright start neither made much of an impression and they limped to a 13th place finish.
Leeds will be hoping that Bielsa can attract a better class of player to the club and the bookmakers think they have a better chance in the year ahead – they are fifth in the Championship title betting at best odds of 12/1 with Bet365.
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