By Mark Smith

20th Mar, 2020 | 2:30pm

Phil Hay opens up on Bielsa choices at Leeds surrounding 'critical' issue with backroom staff

There has been much made of the fact that Leeds United don’t have a sports psychologist in their backroom staff this season.

It seems like a lifetime since Leeds lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest and the squad looked devastated. The Whites have won five on the bounce in the past couple of months and are the in-form team in the Championship.

So, a psychologist doesn’t seem necessary now with Marcelo Bielsa already having an army of backroom staff behind him at Elland Road.

Bielsa’s famous translator Salim Lamrani made the decision to leave West Yorkshire in the summer with Diego Flores taking over in that role.

There has been a number of different occasions where the duo have fallen out with little disagreements over his translations – something that has led to people believing that Bielsa knows more English then he lets on.

Phil Hay has opened up on Bielsa’s backroom staff, revealing that it is El Loco’s decision that he wants Flores and that no one can tell him otherwise.

“The translation at the press conferences is an issue but it’s Bielsa’s choice to have Diego Flores doing it and no-one will tell him otherwise,” he said in an Athletic Q&A.

“As for psychologists, that came under discussion on The Athletic during the bad run of form. Bielsa doesn’t have a specific psychologist because he thinks he’s the psychologist. I don’t see that changing. But you’re right, mentality is critical in professional sport.”

Bielsa has transformed the club from top to bottom since he arrived almost two years ago. It would be hard for anyone at the club to challenge his demands as well, with the South American having a history of leaving clubs prematurely in the past.

If Bielsa was to stay at Elland Road past this season, it would be the first time in his club career that he has stayed for more than two campaigns at a single club so Andrea Radrizzani will not be questioning some of his decisions.

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