Ally McCoist has said that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is “fortunate” to make the list for the top five managers in the world after being nominated for the Best FIFA Football Coach award.

He said he would give it to Hansi Flick after the Bayern Munich manager won the Champions League last season.

Bayern also won the Bundesliga by 13 points after a dominating season.

Bielsa got Leeds promoted from the Championship last season and his nomination, while managing a team in the second tier, has annoyed a lot of people.

McCoist was a more level head and he said that he was happy to see Bielsa and the Championship get recognised like this.

“Right, well, there are different levels,” McCoist said on the talkSPORT Breakfast show (Thursday, 9am).

“Clearly, you can’t compare what Bielsa has achieved to Klopp or Flick. But you have to remember what you’re dealing with, budgets and players.

“I would have to say, looking at the managers up there that Bielsa is pretty fortunate to be up there.

“I’d give it to Hansi Flick for the season they’ve had.”

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Flick a fair winner but…

We’re not going to argue with Hansi Flick getting the award but we’d absolutely love it if the Leeds fans mobilised enough to win it for Bielsa.

Having seen how much his nomination has angered some people, we can only imagine what would happen if he won it.

The Telegraph’s Matt Law summed up the rather odd reaction to Bielsa’s nomination, accusing FIFA of anti-British bias.

Law might be writing for the paper rather than from the heart but he said that Aston Villa’s Dean Smith had done better than Bielsa last season.

It proves just what an odd world we’re living in when a serious football journalist is claiming Smith is a better manager than Bielsa because he kept Aston Villa from being relegated after spending close to £200m.

Rather than anti-British bias, it more shows that Law himself might have an issue that needs addressing.

Bielsa got Leeds promoted but it was much more than that. He’s revolutionised the club, taking largely the same squad of players who finished 13th in the Championship before he arrived into a Premier League force.

He’s taken his football philosophy and improved every Leeds player he’s worked with, and been showered with praise from managers like Jurgen Klopp, Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola.

People just need to try and think a bit deeper. Unless they’re just trolling Leeds fans for clicks.

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