Paul Robinson: Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should have won Premier League manager of the year
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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should have been named as the Premier League manager of the year, according to Paul Robinson.
After a superb debut season in Premier League management, Bielsa led Leeds to a ninth-placed finish and saw his team score 62 league goals – four more than Champions League winners Chelsea.
David Moyes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Brendan Rodgers were also nominated for the award but it was Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola who won after leading his side to a predictable title.
Robinson disputes that decision but admits that he’s looking at it through white-tinted specs.
When asked if Bielsa should have won the Premier League manager of the year award, Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “In my opinion yes, but mine’s a biased opinion. I certainly think he should have.
“What he’s achieved there, not just this year but the whole time he’s been at Leeds, the style of football they play and the way he’s improved players.
“We’ve spent a long time talking about Kalvin Phillips and his role in the England squad – he wasn’t even a regular starter for Leeds when Bielsa came.
“You can see what he’s done to the team and the players and without doubt, he should have won the manager of the year.
“Obviously, others have won trophies this year but his achievements are up there.”
As Leeds fans, we’ll always say that it should have been Bielsa who won but to even be nominated for the award shows what a job he’s done.
More often than not, the league winner is going to get the accolade but if we try to remain as impartial as possible, Moyes probably should have won it for the job he did at West Ham.
They were relegation candidates when he took charge and he took them to within two points of a top-four finish.
Guardiola just did what was expected of him.
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