In a scarcely plausible turn of events, Leeds United have appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager/head coach.
The 62-year-old Argentinian has agreed a two-year contract with the option of a further year tacked on t’ end.
✍ | #LUFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Argentine Marcelo Bielsa in the role of head coach
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 15, 2018
Four years ago, Leeds went out of their way to lift Dave Hockaday from Forest Green Rovers.
Since then, they’ve hired (and fired) the likes of Neil Redfearn, Darko Milanic, Steve Evans, Garry Monk, Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom without making any notable progression at all, before going out and replacing the latter with the highest paid manager in the club’s entire 99-year history.
Bielsa, on the other hand, while a clear cut or two above his predecessors, has averaged a piffling 20-match tenure at all of his last three clubs (Marseille, Lazio and Lille) before chucking a tantrum, falling out with all and sundry and/or leaving under a cloud.
In short, this could turn out to be spectacular in one of several ways.
Right, we’re off to see what odds we can get on Bielsa not even making it to the first game of the season.