Leeds United have today announced the signing of Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach.
Bielsa joins the Whites on a two year deal worth in excess of two million with an option for a third year by the club.
The 62-year old has been the main target since the departure of Paul Heckingbottom and has taken his time during negotiations to make sure this was the right move.
Bielsa will bring a number of new backroom staff along with him when he joins up with the Leeds squad, making a change towards the coaches that currently reside at Thorp Arch.
The former Argentina, Chile, Marseille and Bilbao coach is said to have note influence in decisions on the transfer goings on in Leeds than previous managers, having outlined key positions during negotiations.
One of the most respected managers in world football, Bielsa has received praise from managers including Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone who have idolised the former Chile manager.
Bielsa is now set to take on a new challenge in Leeds, a team that has lost all consistency yet boasts a varied talent set within its ranks.
Whether the news is a shock or disappointment, make no mistake this is a move that will surprise the world of football as Bielsa steps into the second tier of English football.
A high calibre manager means the Leeds board are starting to realise the job that is currently in their hands to secure promotion and with a strong manager, comes a strong summer.
If Leeds are to allow for Bielsa to work his magic, they will have to make sure there’s deep pockets for transfers.
Either way, this is once of the most significant moves that any Leeds side has made in the past 10 years and it could pay off almost immediately.
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By Ryan Ingham