Marcelo Bielsa has been nominated for the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year award and Leeds United fans are absolutely delighted.
Despite spending last season in the Championship, making his nomination even more incredible, Bielsa is now in heavy-hitting company.
Alongside Bielsa is Hans-Dieter Flick, Jurgen Klopp, Julen Lopetegui and Zinedine Zidane.
The nominations for the award were posted on the official FIFA Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
🏆 Nominees: #TheBest FIFA Men's Coach
🇦🇷 Marcelo Bielsa
🇩🇪 Hans-Dieter Flick
🇩🇪 Jürgen Klopp
🇪🇸 Julen Lopetegui
🇫🇷 Zinedine Zidane
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 25, 2020
Leeds fans have always risen to the challenge of an online vote and traditionally swarmed their opponents.
However, this really is the big boy’s league and it represents another challenge entirely.
Imagine though, if enough Leeds fans can mobilise to sweep Bielsa to the award?
That’s the challenge we’re setting you now – you can click through the tweet above and sign up to vote.
As one fan said, “Can you imagine the saltiness if Bielsa won it!”, while another said, “Sign in and vote Bielsa by the thousands. Whether he deserves it or not is irrelevant, the rage it will cause if he wins will be worth it.”
Athletic journalist Phil Hay summed it up when he said, “In good company here”.
But we’ve got faith in the Leeds fans.
In good company herehttps://t.co/1HOvvjolAU
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 25, 2020
We’ve also got faith that Bielsa is going to be left entirely unmoved by this in tomorrow’s pre-match press conference, although we hope that secretly, deep down inside, he’s very pleased.
Here are the best reactions to the big FIFA news…
— David Myers 🏆 (@DavidMyers46) November 25, 2020
Sign in and vote Bielsa by the thousands. Whether he deserves it or not is irrelevant, the rage it will cause if he wins will be worth it.
— Jase (@Jase0909) November 25, 2020
Frank Lampard is furious
— Alex (@AlexHi1996) November 25, 2020
Not a chance Bielsa will win this versus Bayern winning everything and Klopp’s title. But interesting to see if we can get him in the top 3. Tactical voting here guys: Bielsa 1st, Lopetegui 2nd, Zidane 3rd. #lufc #mot @TheSquareBall https://t.co/o1njXRe1jy
— Brighterbeat (@EastStandL29) November 25, 2020
Can you imagine the saltiness if Bielsa won it! 😂
— Dave Milford (@dave_milford) November 25, 2020
Nonplussed at Zidane’s inclusion. I imagine Klopp will get the nod, but you’d be hard pressed to argue any of the other candidates have done a better job than Bielsa.
— Conor McCrory (@conormccrory) November 25, 2020
Heart says Bielsa to win, head says Flick will win
— matthew parsons (@d1g1talf0rtress) November 25, 2020
@officialga11 where’s Dean sMYTH?
— Lee_1919 🏆 (@L33W1919) November 25, 2020
“but he can’t speak English” 🙈
— Andrew Burke (@andrewMOT) November 25, 2020
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