Leeds United confirm appointment of Marcelo Bielsa

Date published: Friday 15th June 2018 8:52

Leeds have appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach on a two-year deal with the option of a further year.

The Buenos Aires Times claimed Bielsa had signed a deal with Leeds United to become the Championship club’s new head coach. And Sky Sports this morning reported the same with reporter Tim Thornton claiming: “Bielsa has already discussed potential transfer targets with Victor Orta (Leeds director of football), so things could move quite quickly on that front.”

Leeds have been in talks with Bielsa for some time and last month an Argentinian journalist claimed a deal had been reached between the two parties.

Bielsa was the club’s prime candidate to take over from Paul Heckingbottom, who was sacked after the end of the season.

The former Argentina and Chile coach wants to revamp Leeds’ training methods if appointed, and that would mean starting pre-season at the earliest opportunity, reported the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 62-year-old, who has managed in Spain Argentina and France, is expected in Leeds next weekend before pre-season training begins.

Bielsa told the club’s wesbite: “I am delighted to accept the role of head coach at Leeds United.

“It has always been my ambition to work in England and I have had several opportunities to do so during my career, however I have always felt it was important to wait for the right project to come along and so when a club with Leeds United’s history made me an offer, it was impossible to turn down.

“I am excited for the challenge ahead and I look forward to collaborating with Victor, Andrea and Angus, as we work hard to achieve great things at this football club.”

 

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