By Mark Smith

26th Jan, 2020 | 7:00am

'No surprise' - Sky Sports pundit left frustrated by 'fantastic' senior Leeds man

Kevin Phillips has admitted that he gets frustrated with Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa for not conducting his interviews in English.

The former Sunderland striker did share that the Argentinian icon has been a breath of fresh air for the Championship, but he believes that he has been in West Yorkshire long enough to conduct his interviews in English.

Bielsa famously uses a translator in press conferences and even training. When present at Thorp Arch, you quickly notice that his close staff members never leave his side.

Phillips though has not been impressed with that. He claims that it would be much more interesting if people could further understand the brain behind the madness that is El Loco.

“I think he’s been fantastic,” the Sky Sports pundit told Football Insider.

“He plays an expansive style of football, like West Brom some of the players they’ve got within their ranks have been exciting and no surprise again to see them challenging at the top.

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“They just missed out last year and his style of management is not to everyone’s
taste and perhaps I get a bit frustrated with his interviews afterwards because I think he’s been in the league long enough to learn English but it’s very interesting when you do listen.”

It is quite clear that Bielsa knows more English than he lets on. At times during press conferences, you see that the Whites boss is quick to correct his translator if he gets something wrong in front of the packed media room.

Bielsa still gets his point across, and people understand it, so it shouldn’t frustrate Phillips too much moving forward. If the language barrier was so much, Leeds wouldn’t be challenging at the top of the Championship for the second consecutive season, would they?

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