Marcelo Bielsa extends generosity to Leeds United staff with classic thank you gift


Marcelo Bielsa is a proponent of the ‘all for one, one for all’ philosophy at Leeds United.

It is something he has upheld throughout his professional career as a top-level coach, ensuring those working in the administrative and logical operations at clubs where he has worked are not forgotten.

Speaking on the Official Leeds United Podcast last year, Patrick Bamford epitomised that when he stated: “Marcelo actually does a raffle draw, everyone gets a ticket with a number on.

“It’s not for the players or the physio staff but the staff around the training ground like the people in the kitchen, the ground staff or in the offices.

“They get a chance to win something. Last year the kit man won a car. It was a Golf or a Fiat or something.”


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As it goes, the Argentine has form when it comes to being generous to those who put in the work behind the scenes.

Over the summer, it appears he has been at it again, according to Leeds United Chief Executive Angus Kinnear.

Writing in his pre-match programme notes ahead of Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Everton yesterday, Kinnear said: “Marcelo’s vision for the club has even stretched to the administrative offices of Elland Road where he has personally funded the installation of a gym as a gift to thank staff for their contribution during his tenure.”

Bielsa’s latest demonstration of generosity will only serve to endear him further to the Leeds United fanbase – and those at the club who will directly benefit from his contribution.

Kinnear followed this revelation with something of a joke in the next paragraph: “He [Bielsa] clearly hopes it will not be long before our sausage-roll dependant social media department has the same fitness levels as our swashbuckling midfield,” referencing Bielsa’s latest gift to the staff at Elland Road.

Next up for Leeds is a trip to Turf Moor in order to face Burnley ahead of the first international break of the season.

Bielsa’s team will need to be at the top of their game to repeat their 4-0 scoreline at the same venue during 2020/21 – but after one point earned from six available, returning to Elland Road with all three points in tow next Sunday will be more important than any emphatic scoreline.

Read everything Angus Kinnear said on the club’s transfer stance and the “£100 million” offers Leeds have rejected this summer here.





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