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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 ...

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...

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...

Leeds remind Bielsa of importance of ‘integrity and honesty’ after spying row

Leeds have apologised to Derby for spying on their training and will remind head coach Marcelo Bielsa of his responsibilities. The build-up to Friday night’s 2-0 home win over Derby was dominated by claims from the Rams that a man was caught outside their training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the individual was an employee of Leeds, who was watching a training session. 📰 | #LUFC Club Statement — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 12, 2019 Bielsa spoke to Derby boss Frank Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility and was open about the incident when speaking to the media at Elland Road on Friday evening. The former Argentina and Chile coach insisted it was not his intention to gain an advantage in a lengthy explanation that saw him ad...

I won’t say I won’t do it again: Marcelo Bielsa responds to ‘spying’ furore

Marcelo Bielsa refused to rule out continuing to employ the same ‘spy’ tactics that overshadowed Leeds’ 2-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Derby at Elland Road. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was dominated by claims from Derby that a man was caught outside their training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the individual was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session. Bielsa spoke to Derby boss Frank Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility and was open about the incident after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win on Friday night. Frank Lampard and Marcelo Bielsa shake hands prior to kick-off (Simon Cooper/PA) The former Argentina and Chile coach insisted it was not hi...

Result: Leaders Leeds still eye the prize after Bielsa admits Rams raid

Leeds produced a scintillating display to brush aside Derby but the 2-0 win was overshadowed by Marcelo Bielsa’s admission that he was behind the spying incident at the Rams’ training ground. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship fixture was dominated by Derby’s claim that a Leeds employee was escorted from the perimeter of their training complex by police on Thursday after “acting suspiciously”. Bielsa accepted responsibility for the incident in a pre-match interview, although he insisted he had done nothing illegal. The United head coach could face action from the Football Association but he would have been delighted with his side’s response on the field as they beat Derby comfortably for the second time this season. Kemar Roofe scored his 14th goal of the campaign to give Leeds a des...

Bielsa has damaged his and Leeds’ reputation with ‘disgusting’ actions – Andrews

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has come in for heavy criticism after admitting he was the mastermind behind the spy row that has overshadowed his side’s fixture against Derby. Ahead of their Sky Bet Championship clash on Friday night, the Rams claimed that a man who was escorted from the perimeter of their training ground on Thursday after “acting suspiciously” was, in fact, a Leeds employee. Bielsa, who has guided Leeds to the top of the Championship, has taken responsibility for the act, leading former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews to claim the Argentinian has damaged his reputation. In his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Andrews said: “It’s madness, initially there was a comical value to it, someone skulking around the training ground – but it’s disgusting really. “It’s...

5 Things you may not know about Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has admitted he was behind the Derby training ground spy incident. Here, Press Association Sport’s Phil Blanche looks at the career andidiosyncrasies of the man they call ‘El Loco’. Pitch perfect Bielsa is known to check pitch measurements before matches. He waits upondeciding on a particular formation until he paces out the pitch. Bielsa’sunorthodox approach also stretches to almost obsessive use of videos – editing and analysing for each player – and allocating separate training times for different parts of his squad, with the defenders, midfielders and strikersworking alone. Bielsa pays attention to detail (Joe Giddens/PA) Pep talk Bielsa has no shortage of football disciples but perhaps his greatest supporteris Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City manager travel...

FA to investigate after Bielsa admits responsibility for spying incident

Leeds manager was behind Derby training ground snooping.

Bielsa would have settled for draw before dramatic Leeds winner

The United manager had seen his side fight back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Villa Park. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was delighted with the 3-2 comeback win at Aston Villa which returned his side to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table but admitted he would have been happy with a draw. The Argentinian has transformed Leeds since taking over and they showed great character to hit back from two goals down at Villa Park. Villa were two goals in front in the opening 17 minutes through Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane but Leeds responded through substitute Jack Clarke and Pontus Jansson early in the second half before Kemar Roofe netted a late winner. Bielsa said: “We were ambitious to win against a strong team and apart for the first 15 minutes of each half were the better team. “I...

Marcelo Bielsa wary as on-song Leeds hunt Christmas number one

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa is wary of the threat Aston Villa pose having been undone in his last trip to the West Midlands a month ago. United have the chance to top the SkyBet Championship table at Christmas, which over the last decade has meant guaranteed promotion, with a win at Villa Park on Sunday. Victory would be Leeds’ sixth in succession – something they have not achieved at this level since 1988 when they were in the old second division – but it is their last defeat, a 4-1 humbling at West Brom on November 10, which has warning bells ringing for Bielsa. “It is the last rival that we haven’t played against,” the Argentinian told a press conference. “Aston Villa are a team with a very significant offensive strength. “They are good in the collective play and good with their ind...

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