New Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa held his first press conference on Monday in a session that lasted 90 minutes.
Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani introduced the former Argentina manager to the press with expectations high among the terraces.
Bielsa is something of a coup at Elland Road considering Bielsa’s record in management.
Just listing the teams, the 62-year-old has been in charge of is cause for excitement among Whites fans with club sides such as Lazio, Lille and Athletic Bilbao just to name a few all having been under Bielsa’s spell.
The reports from those players who have played under the Argentine have been positive, but the Championship is a difficult beast to tame with so many games coming thick and fast meaning squad harmony is a must.
That may be one of the reasons why Bielsa stated that his inherited Leeds squad is too BIG after saying: –
‘The club generally has 15 players, which you might consider to be an excessive amount, more than they need.’
However, the enigmatic Argentine stated that he has seen all of the Whites 51 games last season and is in the process of making decisions on his own when it comes to transfers.
After Marcelo’s first ninety minutes in front of the press, the signs are positives, much Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, the discussion is all about a ‘project’ and for the first time in a long time, it appears the Argentine will be given time to get it right.
Optimism is high and Bielsa is a tough nut to crack and will not suffer fools gladly.
As with most things, football comes down to investment but due to involvement from the San Francisco 49ers Enterprise, the belief is that the Whites will be able to flex some financial muscle.
With Stoke City up first in front of the Sky cameras, the hope is that Bielsa is a long-term fixture himself in the Elland Road dugout.
So far, the signs are good.