Leeds: Phil Hay claims Marcelo Bielsa still to give his approval on naming Thorp Arch after him
Phil Hay has claimed that Marcelo Bielsa has still not returned any of Leeds United’s approaches to name their training ground after the Argentine coach.
The Lowdown: Appears to have ended ugly
Bielsa was the man Leeds turned to when they desperately needed to get out of the Championship and he managed to achieve that feat by winning the title and then guiding them to a top 10 finish.
However, he was indeed relieved of his duties midway through last season and that doesn’t appear to have gone down too well with the Argentine who will have watched on as Jesse Marsch experienced the same treatment.
There are indeed murals of Bielsa throughout Leeds which shows how big of a figure he was and still is within the fan base, although his love for the people at the football appears to have waned in recent times.
The Latest: Bielsa refusing to talk to Leeds
Hay has been speaking on The Phil Hay Show about how the club wished to rename Thorp Arch after Bielsa, but following his sacking, the Argentine coach is yet to answer any calls or letters from the people at Leeds.
He said: (29:45) “Obviously, Leeds had the idea first of all, of a tribute to him outside Elland Road, there was talk of a cast iron bucket and then when we interviewed Radrizzani in August he said they’d written to him if they could rename the training ground after him and I believe answer came there none and I think to date he has not replied to say yes.”
The Verdict: Football is a ruthless business
Given that Bielsa had taken Leeds from a mediocre Championship side to a top 10 Premier League outfit in the space of three seasons has to be admired and applauded, but when he was sacked the Whites were in danger of being relegated.
Therefore, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani made the executive decision to relieve him of his duties as they thought that would be to the benefit of the club and in turn, it was as they managed to fight off relegation.
However, Bielsa clearly hasn’t seen it that way and perhaps saw it as the club not trusting him enough to get the job done, so it’s no surprise why he’s now given them the cold shoulder, although naming the training round after the Argentine would’ve been a nice touch.