By Mark Smith

28th Apr, 2020 | 4:00pm

'That's for sure' - Strachan claims legendary Leeds figure doesn't get credit he deserves

Gordon Strachan has claimed that Howard Wilkinson does not get the praise that he deserves for what he did during his time in charge of Leeds United.

Wilkinson famously took the Whites from the second division to first division champions in back-to-back seasons at the beginning of the nineties and is known as the last English manager to lift the top-flight title.

One of Leeds’ most-successful managers, Wilkinson spent eight years in West Yorkshire and overtook 411 games with a win percentage of 43.3%.

Strachan compared Wilkinson to Brian Clough, although not for the reason that they managed the same club with differing success.

“He did a sort of Clough thing,” he told talkSPORT.

“Taking a team that was fourth-bottom of the second division, call it the Championship now, and taking them from there to European football, winning leagues and it’s funny, today you can become a legendary manager if you keep a team up.

“He was a top, top manager, who knew how to manage but that’s for sure.”

Marcelo Bielsa could definitely achieve the same legendary status as Wilkinson if he was to stay beyond this season, but that will be based on earning promotion similar to the icon.

The only other manager since then to get close to that was most likely David O’Leary who guided the Whites to that legendary Champions League semi-final.

Let’s be honest though, it would be near impossible for Leeds to win the Premier League in their first year back, although a top-half finish would definitely do just the right job for Bielsa and certainly for us.

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