By Peter Lynch

24th Oct, 2023 | 4:10pm

Simon Rix drops ‘absolutely rubbish’ Leeds United verdict live on BBC as ‘ridiculous’ Pep Guardiola claim made

Leeds United were “absolutely rubbish” for 16 years before Marcelo Bielsa was appointed as manager, according to Simon Rix of the Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast.

Rix compared the appointment of the Argentine, who is currently in charge of Uruguay, to Cardiff City appointing Pep Guardiola.

German boss Daniel Farke is currently in the Elland Road hot seat, with the Whites sitting third in the Championship table.

“It’s an amazing thing for Leeds,” Rix said on The Monday Night Club on BBC 5 Live Sport (23 October). “We were absolutely rubbish for 16 years with various managers trying their best.

“Some of them were okay, but then Marcelo came along and it’s like Guardiola going to Cardiff or something, it’s a ridiculous thing to happen and we all loved it.

“I think people think we’re mad because he was only there for three-and-a-half years and we treat him like a proper god, but to us he’s very, very special.”


Leeds supporters obviously have very fond memories of Bielsa after what he achieved at the West Yorkshire club. He has, however, moved on and is looking to create new memories with the Uruguay national team, with Farke aiming to do the very same at Elland Road.

And the former Norwich City boss is certainly on the right path, with the Whites currently flying high in the Championship after their struggles at the beginning of the season.

The club are playing exciting, attacking football thanks to their talented manager and talented squad, with supporters desperate for that to continue as the months go on.

Fortunately, they now have a manager who has previous experience in getting promoted from a competition as difficult as the Championship.

There is finally harmony in the Elland Road dugout, with far too much chaos taking place in the Premier League last season as Jesse Marsch, Javi Gracia and Sam Allardyce all came and went.

In other Leeds United news, an unusual clause not possible in one country has been used on one Whites loanee, with a permanent exit now on the cards.