Tony Cascarino believes Bielsa should win Manager of the Year

Former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino believes Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should have won the Manager of the Year award.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino waxed lyrical of the Argentine’s time at Elland Road – especially in his debut campaign in the English top flight.

Many expected Leeds to collapse due to their attacking style of play, but they defied all odds to finish 9th with relative ease.

Discussing who should win Manager of the Year, Cascarino was quick to name Bielsa. He said, “He would be my number one choice. He overachieved with the Leeds team.

“I thought the way Leeds played, they became a far better team at the end of the season than they were at the start.

“I love watching Leeds. From the opening game when they lost 4-3 against Liverpool I thought they were going to be a roller coaster.

“By the end of the season, I was like ‘They’re tough to play against.’ Bielsa improved his team a hell of a lot. His achievements were extraordinary.”

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What an amazing three years it’s been under Bielsa. What a fantastic time to be a Leeds fan.

All the pre-season talk was sickening, to say the least. People suggested that a manager who’s been in the game longer than they’ve lived doesn’t know how to defend and will get exposed in the Premier League.

It’s fun to see them with egg on their faces, but it’s also more heartening to see Bielsa and Leeds getting the credit they deserve.

While Bielsa has been the driving force in guiding us to where we are, this has by no means been a one-man show.

He’s had support from the owners, directors, staff and players – all of whom have bought into his philosophy.

There’s a reason why he’s stuck on at Elland Road longer than any other club previously. He feels at home here and we certainly feel blessed to have such an exceptional manager at the helm.

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