By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

9th Oct, 2021 | 6:10pm

Paul Robinson reacts to The Sun story on Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United.

Paul Robinson has delivered his verdict on The Sun’s story on Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa last week.

Writing on The Sun website [30/09/21], Andy Dillon wrote that “when the manager still cannot utter a word of English more than three years after arriving in a flurry of orgasmic gasps from the broadsheet hipsters, things really are looking down.”

This caused a great degree of controversy online with many figures in football coming out to defend the Argentine’s honour.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth was one, hitting out at headline-grabbers on his personal Twitter profile, while The Athletic’s Phil Hay said he prefers Bielsa speaking in Spanish.

Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson agrees with that sentiment, though he does admit that ‘El Loco’ leaves himself open to criticism, and may have an ulterior motive.

“There is a story there, but there’s no point,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “The manager, if he wasn’t going to press conferences, then there would be a problem. He’s going to press conferences and he’s keeping it in his comfort zone so he’s comfortable that he knows what he’s saying and gets everything correct that he wants to say. If he’s not fully fluent in English and he’s not confident in doing it then there’s not a problem with it.

“But I do think, at times, that he maybe hides behind it and as an interviewer or journalist you’re going to get fed up of asking a person a question if someone else is answering it for you all of the time, and it takes a long time. People soon get fed up of interviewing him, and I think it’s his way of keeping the press at arms length.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, he doesn’t seem to want much media attention, he’s not one of these managers that’s in the press all of the time. It’s maybe his way of keeping them at arms length. He does his press duties, he does his conferences, and he always does his interviews, so you can’t criticise him.”

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