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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...

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...

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...

Radebe pays tribute to “hero” Phil Masinga

Lucas Radebe has paid tribute to the man “everybody loved” after former Leeds and South Africa striker Phil Masinga died at the age of 49. Leeds announced the death of Masinga on Sunday morning with “great sadness”. Radebe and Masinga joined Leeds together in 1994, the latter from Mamelodi Sundowns and the former from Kaizer Chiefs. Radebe went on to captain Leeds and become one of the club’s all-time greats, but only arrived at Elland Road to make Masinga’s move to West Yorkshire easier. It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends pic.twitter.com/d0H0EO8idl — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 13, 2019 “For us as Africans it was a great experience,” Radebe told the BBC World Service...

Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga dies aged 49

The South African played in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club for two years after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns in 1994. Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49, the club have announced. The South African played in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club for two years after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns in 1994. “It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends,” the club said on Twitter. It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends pic.twitter.com/d0H0EO8idl — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 13, 2019 No details about his death have been annou...

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...

Lampard insists he would ‘rather quit’ than use Bielsa’s ‘spying’ tactics

Frank Lampard insisted he would rather quit coaching than employ the ‘spying’ tactics used by opposite number Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Derby’s 2-0 defeat at Leeds. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was overshadowed after a man was caught outside Derby’s training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the man was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session. Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted spying on Derby’s training (Simon Cooper/PA) Bielsa spoke to Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility for the incident but the former England midfielder was still unhappy with the pre-match distraction after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win. “We lost to the better team from minute...

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