Marcelo Bielsa is a 63 year old Argentinian from Rosario that has got the Elland Road fans on their feet and filling the stadium this season. Four wins out of four..the FIRST manager in the club's 99 year history to do so. He played for Newell's Old Boys and later coached them. This venerable old club.. where Messi first played, was founded by an English teacher, Claudio Newell in 1903, who taught English and German at Colegio Comercial Anglicano Argentina, hense the red and black uniform colours of England and Germany.. In fact their stadium is now named Estadio Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa has coached in Argentina, Spain, Chile, Mexico, Italy, France and is nicknamed LOCO (crazy) BIELSA and doesnt hang around long at any club .I bought a ticket late on Thursday and the only available seat was high up in the Upper East Stand. It used to be the largest cantelivered stand in Europe until the Fergie one at Old Trafford. It has been 15 years of hurt since Leeds were last in the Premier League and there will be many more SOLD OUT notices at future home matches if they keep up this form.
I arrived early to look at Bremner Square, surrounding the Billy Bremner statue with new sponsored tiles from fans. There was an annoying Scotsman with a loudspeker preaching his gospel. " Where do you want to go, Heaven or Hell" he asked me. "Neither" I replied " WEMBLEY FOR ME-COME ON ENGLAND"..
Opponents from South Yorkshire Rotherham United, just promoted, did well in the first half and but for a post and the outstreched arms of young gk Peacock-Farrell could well have been 2-0 ahead. It was not to be. In the second half they wilted under the constant attack of the very skilled, well drilled and very fit home machine. It was not until the 47th minute that Luke Ayling scored his first ever goal followed by Kemar Roofe on 72...his 3rd of the season.
Millers boss Paul Warne." There are sheep and there are shephards. He is definitely a shepherd.". Big names are finding it difficult to get a game including Sweden's World Cup defender Pontus Jansson and up and coming Patrick Bamford.
The club must surely look to doubling the size of the John Charles West Stand and the North side Don Revie Kop soon. "Everyday on the training pitch we learn something new. We are getting educated, learning and improving" according to striker Roofe. The team plays a high energy style and opponents wilt under constant pressure. Two away matches at Swansea and Norwich this week should be an interesting test for EL LOCO and his All Whites.
Leeds is the motorway city and it only took 7 minutes after the match on the fleet of double decker buses to reach Leeds Station and City Square.for £1.00. I will be back.
MARCHING ON TOGETHER