‘He’s an oddball, he’s a scientist, he’s a professor of the game’: Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson hails Marcelo Bielsa’s role in Leeds’ promotion as Dominic Matteo claims he’s on Jurgen Klopp AND Pep Guardiola’s level
Former Leeds heroes Paul Robinson and Dominic Matteo led the tributes to Marcelo Bielsa after the club’s promotion back to the Premier League was confirmed on Friday night.
West Brom were beaten at Huddersfield meaning that the West Yorkshire side could not be overtaken in the Championship’s automatic promotion places.
They are back in the English top-flight for the first time since relegation in 2004, and it was the maverick Argentine manager who has been singled out for praise.
Paul Robinson praised Marcelo Bielsa after Leeds’ promotion was confirmed on Friday night
Former defender Dominic Matteo also joined in the praise of the Argentine manager
Former goalkeeper Paul Robinson told Sky Sports: ‘It’s been long-awaited and very long overdue. When I played that last game in 2004, 16 years ago, you never envisaged that Leeds United would be out of the top flight for so long, and even dropping to the third tier of English football.
‘From what Marcelo Bielsa inherited two-and-a-half-years ago – a team that finished 14th in the Championship – to now automatic promotion to the Premiership, it’s absolutely fantastic.
‘The biggest thing Leeds did at the end of last season was keep the manager.
‘We’ve heard plaudits from many managers, Pep Guardiola to name one, that name him as a mentor or guru.
Bielsa has led Leeds back into the Premier League after a 16-year absence from the top-flight
Leeds fans descended on Elland Road in praise of Bielsa and their Leeds United heroes
‘He’s an oddball, he’s a scientist, he’s a professor of the game.
‘We’ve seen that with spygate and everything else that comes with him, but it just all adds to the Leeds United history. Love them or loathe them, they’re back in the Premiership.’
Former defender Dominic Matteo, who made over 100 appearances for the club when they were last in the Premier League, added:’Every player who plays for Leeds United, he’s made better.
‘There’s not many managers you can say that about anywhere in the world.
‘There’s nobody happier than me tonight. He’s been an incredible character. I love him. Every time he speaks we want to listen.
‘The Klopps and the Guardiolas – he’s at that kind of level. People love to hear what he has to say, even though we can’t understand him sometimes!’