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El Loco’ leads Leeds to the Premier League after 16-year absence

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Argentine tactician Marcelo ‘El Loco’ Bielsa has led Yorkshire side Leeds United to the English Premier League (EPL) after 16 years away in his second season in charge.

Leeds confirmed their place in next season’s top flight after West Brom’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Friday and could be crowned English Football League (EFL) Championship champions if Brentford fails to defeat Stoke City today or the Whites take a point from Sunday’s visit to Derby County.

Leeds looked set to win promotion last season only for back-to-back defeats by Wigan and Brentford to leave them third behind Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, before a dramatic 4-3 play-off semi-final defeat by Derby set their dream of a Premier League return a year.

Many fans had expected Bielsa to leave the club after the setback but the talented tactician decided to stay at Elland Road and together they have reaped the rewards.

The appointment of world-renowned coach Bielsa back in June 2018, by owner Andrea Radrizzani, brought a new spotlight to a club which had become a revolving door for managers with 15 managers employed by Leeds since they were last in the top flight in 2004.

The veteran had been widely praised by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for his techniques and meticulous nature and had worked with Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao during his long career.

by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com

Written by EDITORIAL STAFF

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