'This pandemic is doing strange things to me' - Keith Andrews makes claim about Marcelo Bielsa
Keith Andrews has claimed that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been the manager of the season so far in the Championship.
Before football was put on pause last month, Leeds were on a five-match winning streak that saw them move top of the Championship table, seven points clear of third place with nine matches to play.
Bielsa’s worked wonders in his first two seasons at Elland Road to turn the Whites from perennial underachievers into serious promotion contenders.
And his work this season, after the disappointment of losing to Derby in the play-offs last year, is why Andrews has tipped the Argentine to win the award.
“This pandemic is doing strange things to me,” Andrews said when it’s mentioned he picked Bielsa as the manager of the season on Sky Sports’ EFL podcast.
“There are a few reasons. Firstly the disappointment of last season and the play-offs and the manner of the defeat. We all know what that can do to a squad of players and even the manager.
“We all know about the style of football. We all know about the expectation levels at that football club and what’s at stake.
“I just think the way he’s got it going again, especially with that wobble they had going back to February. We were at Nottingham Forest when they lost 2-0 and I thought that was it. It felt like the wheels had come off. We went to Brentford on the Tuesday night, had a really good performance and got a draw and now they’ve won five on the bounce.
“There are a number of reasons and that’s why I think he’s my manager of the year. He would have got the job done if the season had continued as it was.”
Bielsa is definitely in the running to win the manager of the season award but there are others in the Championship who should be considered.
Slaven Bilic, Sabri Lamouchi, Alex Neil and Gary Rowett might also be contenders but ultimately, the manager who wins the league is the best manager in that season – right?
Leeds are top at the moment with Bielsa overseeing his side winning more than any other in 37 matches.
Along with everything else, the Argentine has to be considered the top second-tier boss.
In other Leeds United news, Mateusz Klich has suggested there was frustration with a senior team-mate earlier this season.