By Mark Smith

1st Oct, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United change Marcelo Bielsa sleeping quarters to new press room at Thorp Arch - Phil Hay

Leeds United have completely scrapped the sleeping quarters that were brought in on demand by Marcelo Bielsa, according to Phil Hay.

Jesse Marsch faced the media for the first time in a month on Friday (30 September), in a new look Thorp Arch hub with better facilities.

Hay shared that a new backdrop with fresh chairs and a desk for Marsch were placed in the old sleeping quarters, calling in a sudden change.

Speaking on the Phil Hay Show podcast at the very start, the journalist shared the changes made at the training HQ during the one-month absence.

“There is a new press room at Thorp Arch suddenly,” he said.

“Well, it was the old sleeping quarters that were built under Bielsa’s reign that have now been converted. They’ve never had space for the press, a designated area, so they’ve had to commandeer this room and it now has seats, a proper desk for Marsch.”

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Long gone.

The days of triple sessions and napping while at Thorp Arch are out of the window, and it looks as though that space has been put to better use by the club.

Bielsa will be honoured in other ways, with the club writing to get his permission over changing the name of the training facilities rather than keeping things he brought in.

Marsch will likely appreciate the changes with the space now better used, something that should also help the players down the line if these changes continue to happen.

Clubs, especially in the Premier League, tend to have much better media facilities available, so Leeds making this step helps, but they are still miles behind.

With changes expected to expand Elland Road, the plans for moving the training ground and potentially building a new one have been put on hold, but it certainly needs to happen.

It will be an exciting few years for everyone involved if both do happen.

In other Leeds United news, this player could be first in the Elland Road boardroom as new contract talks may take centre stage