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Result: Stoke claim first win under Jones as Leeds end week in spotlight with defeat

Stoke produced a stirring performance to claim their first win under Nathan Jones as Leeds ended a difficult week with a third defeat in four Sky Bet Championship games. In the build-up to kick-off at the bet365 Stadium, the English Football League revealed 11 clubs had officially complained about Leeds spying on opposition teams. And United have issues on the field too after centre-back Pontus Jansson was sent off on a day when nothing went right for Marcelo Bielsa’s team until Ezgjan Alioski made it 2-1 with the last kick of the game. Sam Clucas brought an uneventful match to life just after the restart by rifling home the opener and Joe Allen finished off 10-man Leeds. Leeds remain top of the table but their lead is only one point and they will now await the EFL’s verdict on...

Nathan Jones hails tactical triumph as Bielsa’s Leeds come unstuck at Stoke

Nathan Jones suggested Marcelo Bielsa’s open and honest press briefing backfired as Stoke ended their long wait for a win and dented Leeds’ promotion chances. Bielsa addressed the media on Wednesday in an attempt to quell the uproar over him spying on opposition teams. During a session that lasted over an hour, the United head coach revealed he had studied every game Luton had played this season before Jones left to take up his new role at Stoke. Instead of sticking with his tried and tested tactics, the Welshman threw Bielsa a curve ball by changing his formation to 3-5-2 and his gamble paid off as second-half goals from Sam Clucas and Joe Allen earned Stoke their first victory since December 22. “It’s been well publicised Marcelo watched 26 Luton games and two Stoke games, so he’s well d...

Leeds’ Championship rivals complain to EFL over spygate

Eleven Championship clubs have complained to the English Football League about Leeds spying on opposition teams, the governing body has announced. Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted to having all their Championship opponents watched in training this season, having had a member of his staff caught in the act by Derby. The EFL and Football Association are investigating the matter and the EFL has been approached by many of Leeds’ rivals voicing their concerns about events. An EFL spokesman said: “The EFL has received a communication on behalf of a number of Championship clubs in regard to the current matter involving Leeds United. “The request attributed to 11 clubs will be considered as part of the current investigation that has commenced.” The ‘spygate’ scandal, as it has been dub...

Bristol City owner wants Leeds to lose points for spying

Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown wants a points deduction for Leeds after their head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted to spying on other Sky  Bet Championship teams. A member of Leeds’ staff was caught at Derby’s training ground last week watching them train ahead of their league game at Elland Road, which Bielsa’s side won 2-0. The English Football League and Football Association are investigating the matter. While Leeds do not appear to have actually broken any rules, Lansdown has called for the authorities to punish the West Yorkshire club, who are top of the Championship table by four points. The #EFL has today written to @LUFC requesting their observations in regard to an incident that took place in the vicinity of @dcfcofficial’s training ground. 👉 https://t.co/Av0pXjSCdU pic.twitter.c...

Jones not worried by Bielsa antics as Stoke play host to Leeds

New Stoke boss Nathan Jones has insisted the Potters have “nothing to hide” as Marcelo Bielsa‘s Championship leaders Leeds prepare to visit the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday. Bielsa launched an extraordinarily detailed response this week to criticism of so-called “spying” in the wake of his side’s recent win over Derby. And despite the Argentinian conceding he has watched “every one” of Jones’ games at his former club Luton last season, the new Stoke boss remains unfazed. Jones, who is still searching for his first win as Potters boss after leaving Kenilworth Road, told a press conference: “People will think it’s wrong but people prepare in different ways. “For me to sit here and say it’s wrong, I don’t think ...

Analysts will be in demand as managers in future, says training expert

A data analyst could one day manage a football club as tactical information becomes more sophisticated and relevant, it was claimed today. In the wake of the Spygate row, Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa called an impromptu media briefing on Wednesday evening to give an insight into his practices. The 63-year-old Argentinian used a PowerPoint presentation to be transparent about the extraordinary depth of his data analysis. Bielsa says he once sent Pep Guardiola his dossier on Barcelona as a gift and latter said he knew more about all his players than he did! #lufc pic.twitter.com/YphHr6BEdu — Mark Walker (@markdw1966) January 16, 2019 Other Premier League and Championship clubs use data analysis in a similar way, according to Simon Austin, editor of the Training Ground Guru website. And Austi...

Manchester City ‘tracking Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke’

Manchester City reportedly remain interested in signing Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke, who is continuing to impress for the Yorkshire giants in the Championship. Manchester City have reportedly continued to monitor the development of Leeds United youngster Jack Clarke. The 18-year-old was only handed his first-team debut in October, but head coach Marcelo Bielsa has already used the prospect on 13 occasions in total this season. City were linked with a move for the teenager earlier in the campaign and according to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola remains interested in getting a deal for the forward over the line. Clarke still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, but it has been suggested that fresh terms may need to be signed in order to ward off the growing admirers in th...

Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds have spied on every rival this season

Marcelo Bielsa admitted he had sent staff to spy on every team Leeds have played this season but defended his methods and insisted they were not illegal. Bielsa called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday evening in response to investigations launched by the Football Association and the English Football League into his practices. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene last Thursday and move on a man, later confirmed to be an employee of Leeds, after Derby had reported him watching their training session. Bielsa admitted before Leeds’ home win against the Rams on Friday that he was behind the spy tactics and had called Derby boss Frank Lampard to accept full responsibility. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa gives a PowerPoint presentation to the media (Mark Walker/PA) “I ca...

Frank Lampard refuses to address Marcelo Bielsa’s latest press conference

Frank Lampard refused to comment on Marcelo Bielsa‘s latest press conference as the spying row between Leeds and Derby continued to unfold. Bielsa gave a lengthy presentation to journalists on Wednesday evening while making the frank admission that Leeds had “observed all the rivals” in training sessions prior to playing them in the Sky Bet Championship this season. It comes after a staff member of Leeds was caught by police at the Derby training ground attempting to gain information ahead of the Friday night fixture, which Leeds subsequently won 2-0, and prompted accusations of spying. Bielsa went to extreme lengths on Wednesday to show all the detailed analysis he does of opponents aside from covertly watching them train, but Lampard refused to be drawn on the topic onc...

Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds have observed every rival this season

The Argentinian was adamant he has done nothing illegal. Head coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds have “observed all the rivals” they have played this season. The Argentinian said on Friday that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch Derby training and the Football Association and the English Football League have launched investigations into the accusations of ‘spying’. Leeds apologised to Derby and reminded Bielsa of his responsibilities after Friday night’s 2-0 win over promotion rivals County at Elland Road was overshadowed by the incident. And on Wednesday Bielsa called a press conference at Leeds’ training ground to discuss the matter in more detail. Looks like media going to be given screen show by #lufc boss Marcelo Bielsa – insight into the spying incide...

Leeds boss Bielsa calls Wednesday evening press conference

The Argentine admitted on Friday that he was responsible for sending a Leeds staff member to watch a Derby training session. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday evening. The Sky Bet Championship club announced Bielsa wanted to hold an additional media briefing at their Thorp Arch training ground at 5pm. Bielsa admitted on Friday that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch Derby training on Thursday and both the Football Association and English Football League have launched investigations. The #EFL has today written to @LUFC requesting their observations in regard to an incident that took place in the vicinity of @dcfcofficial’s training ground. 👉 https://t.co/Av0pXjSCdU pic.twitter.com/cBNAtmFQfn — EFL (@EFL) January 15, 2...

EFL launches formal investigation into Leeds boss Bielsa’s spying admission

The EFL has launched a formal investigation into the Leeds spying row. Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted before Friday night’s 2-0 win over Derby that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch the Rams training on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and move the individual on but he was not arrested. Leeds have since apologised to Derby and said they will remind Bielsa of his responsibilities. The #EFL has today written to @LUFC requesting their observations in regard to an incident that took place in the vicinity of @dcfcofficial’s training ground. 👉 https://t.co/Av0pXjSCdU pic.twitter.com/cBNAtmFQfn — EFL (@EFL) January 15, 2019 Bielsa insisted the practice was not unlawful or illegal, but he could still fall foul of EFL regulations which stat...

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