According to a report from Football Insider, there were some eyebrows raised from senior figures at the club following Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to carry on intensive training sessions as usual – and there is an argument to be made that their reaction was warranted.
Bielsa, who has guided Leeds to the Championship summit following another impressive campaign, with the Yorkshire side just games away from promotion should the season resume in time after recent events, continued to coach intensive training sessions at Thorp Arch despite growing fears surrounding everything. This was before the club opted to close the training ground, reportedly going over Bielsa’s head with the decision in order to keep players and staff alike safe.
According to another report from Football Insider, training was scheduled to go ahead as normal even despite what is happening – but club officials saw it necessary to shut down all operations following government advice against ‘non essential‘ contact with others.
The Argentine coach narrowly missed out on promotion last campaign, falling in the Championship play-off semi-finals courtesy of Derby County, so it’s understandable that Bielsa would want to keep his players sharp and ready in time for the football season to resume. However, given the fact that teams throughout the country are all in the same situation, it could be argued that it was in the club’s best interest to temporarily suspend training – and Bielsa possibly should have made the call himself.
Senior players, as a result, were justified in their reaction towards the manager’s decision to try and press on. Training would have most likely been going ahead now if it wasn’t for the club’s intervention.
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