Leeds United v Stoke City: Championship – live!

After a few nights kip in the bed he has at his office at the Leeds United training ground and making his players hoover up litter to get a feel for the graft that goes into supporters being able to shell out on hundreds of pounds of season tickets, the real work starts now for Marcelo Bielsa. The El Loco nickname has followed him everywhere he’s been, be the early years at Newell’s Old Boys or his time at Marseille, when he infamously sat a scalding cup of coffee or his two-day stint at Lazio. Still adjusting to the task at hand, the Argentinian has had ringing endorsements from Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. “My admiration for Marcelo is incredible, in terms of his managing and as a person”, Guardiola said. “I think football is open to different styles and different point of views. That is attractive to the game.”

The 11th manager at Elland Road since 2013, Bielsa will try to awake the sleeping giant and try to succeed whereby a mishmash of names – from Dave Hockaday to Steve Evans and Uwe Rösler – have failed. At his pre-match press conference, Bielsa, assisted by his translator and confidant Salim Lamrani, went on the charm offensive, saying: “I think I’m at a club that’s bigger than I deserve. My goal is to show I deserve this opportunity but also that I’m not a demagogue. Footballers are a blend of three things; heart, mind and legs. You can’t convince them unless you truly believe what you say. I hope my work will be full of emotions.”

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