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Re: In the Press

Postby marziale » 16 Apr 2019, 06:35

Important article today by Chief Football Writer of The Times
Why Premier League needs Leeds

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/60619 ... bf638762d3

Makes us proud!!!
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Re: In the Press

Postby rigger » 16 Apr 2019, 10:07

Mate, if you have a subscription could you please post the entire article ?
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Re: In the Press

Postby Another Northern Soul » 16 Apr 2019, 10:12

Courtesy of waccoe ;)

Why Premier League needs Leeds United

henry winter, chief football writer

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The Premier League needs Leeds United. It needs the mystique of Marcelo Bielsa, a manager so beloved by Leeds fans that two of them are in a recording studio working on Bucket Man as a musical tribute to his match-day seat of choice. It needs Bielsa’s intense, imaginative football. It particularly needs the passion of the Leeds faithful.

There are some great travelling supports in the Premier League, such as Manchester United and Newcastle United, among others, and Leeds would be a welcome addition on the road as well as with the atmosphere that they generate at Elland Road. After Leeds played away to Preston North End on April 9, the police officer in charge of the away section at Deepdale praised the 5,516 visiting fans for being “as loud as ever and no issues, no arrests”.

Leeds fans would represent an antidote to some of the ills besetting the Premier League. They are the opposite of the glory-hunters swooning because of a club’s prominence. Leeds fans might consider a half-and-half scarf if stitching together Leeds United and the Kaizer Chiefs, Lucas Radebe’s old team. They are the antithesis of what Roy Keane famously termed the “prawn-sandwich brigade”. If somebody mentioned opening a tunnel club at Elland Road, the ready wits on their terraces would suggest that it was probably an escape route after 15 years’ incarceration in the EFL.

Supporting Leeds is a passion passed on from generation to generation. When they played Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, there were children too young to remember the Premiership years leaning excitedly over the yellow and blue railings almost two hours before kick-off at Elland Road, high-fiving Bielsa and his players as they marched from the bus.

Three hours later, a fan called Matt Richardson celebrated Jack Harrison’s winner so enthusiastically that he broke his ankle. A friend of his took a picture of Richardson in his seat afterwards, smiling, his left foot at a painful angle, continuing to watching Leeds before the medics arrived. As he was helped into a wheelchair, Richardson kept an eye on the game while doing a thumbs up to his mates, who took great delight when he was strapped in by shouting: “Seatbelt on”.

Richardson later tweeted from hospital that “this is what supporting Leeds United does to me” . . . “but idc [I don’t care] because Leeds won”. Victory took Leeds to 82 points, four behind the leaders Norwich City and three ahead of Sheffield United with four games to play in the compelling race for the two automatic promotion positions.

Leeds know they still have major work to complete. They also know how much they want it. If Leeds do go up, the city will acquire even more of a buzz, there will be more students switching there, and there will be smiles among broadcasters, knowing that noise is guaranteed at Elland Road.

After Leeds were relegated from the Premiership after a 4-1 thumping by Bolton Wanderers on May 2, 2004, their then caretaker-manager Eddie Gray remarked defiantly: “It will not be the end of the club.” No chance. Not with thousands of Leeds fans singing louder and louder in trying to lift vanquished players, including one of their own, Alan Smith, who was in tears. And this is why Leeds United survived. The fans. And that is why 13 days later, as they bade farewell to the Premiership with defeat at Stamford Bridge, the Leeds fans sang We’ll Meet Again.

Pablo Hernández, the 34-year-old winger, has been among the success stories under BielsaIAN HODGSON/PA

Barring some day-trips in the cup to elite venues, Leeds have been in exile for a decade and a half, away from all the riches and international exposure of the Premier League, and yet if anything support has grown. Millions were stunned when the actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones, went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote Series 8 and talked excitedly “about a guy who magically transforms the north into this beautiful paradise . . . and his name is Bielsa”.

Coster-Waldau instructed the studio audience to shout: “In Bielsa we trust.” So a Dane is a Leeds fan. Why not? Leeds have a global appeal. Adversity has not alienated many. For many, there is enhanced pride at sticking by a distressed asset. All Leeds, Aren’t We? Coster-Waldau is. Hundreds of thousands are.

When the club tweeted a picture of Elland Road before kick-off on Saturday, Radebe quickly replied in an emotional salute to this “field of dreams” he graced for 11 years. It is great men and players such as Radebe and Gray, loyal Leeds servants, that stir even more love for this club, and an even deeper longing for them to return to on high.

Leeds also asked where people were watching the game against Wednesday, and were inundated with locations around the world, reflecting holidaying families on half-term but also the extensive Leeds diaspora: Dublin, Vienna, North Carolina and Coney Island, and Vancouver, Oslo, Cologne and Pietermaritzburg as well as Trondheim, Inverness, Bordeaux and Georgia.

Leeds have suffered much in their 100 years, so many well-known tales: cup-final shocks, managerial defections, inexplicable refereeing decisions, administrations, points deductions, supporters slain, players on trial, overspending, goldfish worth their weight in gold, the sale of Elland Road, strange owners, knocked out of the cup by a postman, play-off heartache, a season without a shirt sponsor, embarrassing tours and a redesigned badge that so angered fans they organised an online petition of protest.

Over the past 15 years in particular, the Leeds story has been part circus, total chaos with only the supporters staying firm. Theirs is an everlasting love, through thick and thin, almost gruel-like thin. Supporters kept turning up to be counted.

When they then dropped into League One, they were the best-attended club in the EFL and would have been 13th in the Premier League. Whatever their status, Leeds’s support has always been full-on Premier League. On reaching, against all odds, the 2008 League One play-off final against Doncaster Rovers, many Leeds fans flocked to the Doncaster ticket office when their 36,000 allocation was snapped up in hours. After 23 minutes at Wembley, the multitude in the Leeds section launched into Marching on Together, soon joined by hundreds of their number in the Doncaster section.

These are fans who kept the faith, even when they kept selling talent such as Luciano Becchio, Robert Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson and that was just to Norwich City. Sam Byram, Ross McCormack and Lewis Cook also went.

Players went, the support remained. More locations poured into Leeds’s official timeline on Saturday: La Manga, Florida, Toronto and Tenerife, and Ko Samui, Kathmandu, Orlando and Sydney, and Madrid, Gibraltar, Alabama and LA. Leeds was certainly on Georgia’s mind. Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Keighley-born caddy Billy Foster wore his Leeds shirt under his overalls in Augusta, a Masters-stroke.

In Bielsa he trusts. After 25 managers, including caretakers, in 85 years, Leeds have raced through 18 managers in their mad, maddening past 15 years (with Neil Redfearn in charge four times) but have now found a saviour in Bielsa.

That is why they were watching in Bilbao and Buenos Aires, places where Bielsa is particularly revered. The meticulous Argentinian has made Leeds believe again, brought the atmosphere back, spent little, given youngsters a chance, got them playing from the back, made light of injuries, and always adhered to his style, even when results dipped. Even when 2-1 up against Nottingham Forest with ten men and 20 minutes left, Bielsa kept his team attacking. They lost 4-2 but didn’t sacrifice their principles. It is a purist ethos that has endeared Bielsa to such stellar managers as Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.

On it went, more missives from Leeds fans tuning in from Dallas, Seattle, Shanghai and Singapore, and Tipperary, Budapest, Sao Paulo and Oklahoma, and Kuwait, Mar del Plata, Brooklyn and Tennessee.

Those travelling to Elland Road from Plymouth and Pudsey and all stops inbetween swelled their average attendance to the 11th highest in England (33,868). Others informed Leeds that they were watching “on my phone whilst out for a family meal”, “between my fingers”, “from behind the sofa” and “in A&E with access to a defibrillator”.

What promotion would mean, if they hold on, is loyalty rewarded for those who keep turning up at Elland Road, and for those who moved away but tune in from afar, never, ever losing their love of Leeds United.
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Re: In the Press

Postby Otherworld » 16 Apr 2019, 11:20

I think I have something in my eye...(sniff)
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Re: In the Press

Postby SCOTTISH LEEDS » 16 Apr 2019, 14:27

Rafael Bielsa, the brother of Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa, has spoken about his brother’s contract situation for next year.

He revealed in an interview with Argentinian daily newspaper La Capital if Leeds United are promoted to the Premier League, Bielsa is contractually obliged to stay for his second season as head coach.

However, if United remain in the Championship they have the option to keep him for another year.

Newell’s Old Boys are currently 15th in the Argentine Primera Division and Rafael spoke to journalist Mauricio Tallone about the chances of Bielsa returning to his former club to help steer them out of trouble.

He said: "I speak to him every day, but he cannot return to Newell's under the terms of his contract with Leeds. He is not the type to not fulfil his obligations."

Rafael, a lawyer, revealed he had helped Marcelo agree his contract with the Whites and explained some of the detail behind it.

He said: “I made the contract. If they don’t go up to the Premier League, Leeds have the option to keep it. Taking into account the campaign that is fulfilling is difficult to not keep it. And if Leeds go up, it is mandatory for both parties to stay.

“In the contract he signed there is no clause spring like Marcelo had at the time when he was running Espanyol Barcelona and appeared the possibility of going to the Argentine team.

“Then I would say, especially not to embitter the life of Marcelo himself, to whom everything that happens with Newell's hurts a lot, and not to generate unfounded expectations, Bielsa cannot come back for a legal issue. To come back it would be breaking a contract and my brother is not doing that."

Bielsa managed Newell’s Old Boys between 1990 and 1992, his first managerial role in a first team capacity.

Rafael admitted he would love to see his brother take the reins at Newell’s Old Boys again.

“Who more than me, the brother, would like Marcelo to come to Newell's? I do not see him breaking so many rules. And not for the strictly professional reasons, but for an existential question," he said.

"The Bielsa family does not break the rules. They are values ​​that are learned as a child, you are taught by your old woman, your grandparents and the whole family environment.”
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Re: In the Press

Postby marziale » 16 Apr 2019, 15:09

Thanks waccoe. Just got back home now.
I noticed that quite a few detractors have commented negatively in Comments to the article. Although there is also a spirited response from Leeds supporters from around the world.
Still many that just hate us. Can’t wait to put them back in their places.
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Re: In the Press

Postby rigger » 16 Apr 2019, 15:26

marziale wrote:I noticed that quite a few detractors have commented negatively in Comments to the article.



You do know how the internet works these days, don't you ?? :wtf: :D
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Re: In the Press

Postby marziale » 16 Apr 2019, 17:16

Sadly, yes I do know.
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Re: In the Press

Postby SCOTTISH LEEDS » 23 Apr 2019, 11:02

Jon Howe's take on the two defeats:-

https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/sport/leed ... e-16166802
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Re: In the Press

Postby Nic » 24 Apr 2019, 11:21

Is "a scientist" something else in Italian???

Marcelo Bielsa Spoke Like A Scientist – Lazio President On Coach’s Exit

Lazio president Claudio Lotito says that Marcelo Bielsa spoke like a scientist and believes he had no option but to let the current Leeds United boss leave after disagreements over transfers.

Bielsa was handed the reins at Lazio in the summer of 2016, but his spell lasted only a matter of days before he parted ways with the Serie A side.

The former Marseille boss was unhappy at the club's transfer policy and Lotito has indicated he was unhappy at the players Bielsa wanted to be at Lazio, something which led to a decisive exchange between Lotito, Bielsa and sporting director Igli Tare.

"Bielsa, I sent him away", Lotito told Italian outlet Lalaziosiamonoi.it.

"When I was in France, [sporting director] Tare was callimg me and telling me he had bought some players that the coach wanted, after three minutes they were no good anymore.

"I returned to Formello, with Tare we called the coach and started a certain type of situation.
"Tare spoke to him, he replied as if he were a scientist.
"At one point I was mortified for Igli and I picked up the phone: 'Look Mister, you have to go'.
"Tare was pale."

Bielsa did not return to management until the following year, when he was appointed coach at French side Lille.
He again had a spell to forget, though it lasted longer, and departed Lille towards the end of November.
The Argentine is now in charge at English Championship outfit Leeds.
http://www.insidefutbol.com/2019/04/22/ ... it/417472/
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