Chris Wilder and Marcelo Bielsa are two very different managers and we know who we’d prefer to have as manager of Leeds United.
Wilder burst the Leeds promotion bubble in the Championship and surprised people at how well his side did in the Premier League.
However, this is a marathon not a sprint and Leeds are now the team looking down on Sheffield United, who are bottom of the league and seemingly almost certain to be relegated this season.
The huge gulf between the two managers was exposed ahead of Sheffield United’s game against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
Wilder said, “I also hope Jack Grealish doesn’t play (tomorrow). Have another day off Jack, and return at the weekend because I think he is the best player in England.”
That was very different to what Bielsa said a week ago ahead of the Leeds game with the Villans.
Bielsa hopes Grealish is fit. "I always prefer that the opponents have their best players available."
On Hassenhuttl's comments about Leeds using tactical fouls on Tuesday: "I sincerely don't think we did. But if the opponent's coach said this, I'm perhaps the one in the wrong."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 25, 2021
Bielsa is a pure footballing manager, who wants to play on a level playing field.
He’s happy to put his team up against the best and it’s a really refreshing take in the modern game. He’s also not scared to attack, n0-matter who the opposition.
Wilder also hinted at boardroom tensions in his pre-match press conference.
Simon Jordan said he was “out of order” and accused him of effectively “outing” his owner and said if he wants to talk to his chairman, he should do it, and not take digs in public. [talkSPORT, Wednesday, 10.30am).
We know that if Leeds were propping up the league, Bielsa would take responsibility for it. That’s his job.
While Leeds fans – and we imagine the owners – are desperate for him to stay, Bielsa said that a new contract should wait until the summer as results could deteriorate. That’s accountability.
If he had problems with Andrea Radrizzani, that would be sorted out behind the scenes. And if he really wasn’t happy, he’d walk. These things shouldn’t be played out in public.
We know we’re lucky to have Bielsa. Wilder’s latest antics prove it.
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