Date: 15th March 2019 at 6:30pm
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OPINION

It would be impossible to argue that the impact that has had at has been nothing short of astounding – yet the Argentine boss still has his doubters.

Having turned a side which finished 13th in the Championship into title chasers – with many of the squad the same from their disappointing last campaign – it is no wonder the former Lille man has been heralded by fans and pundits alike.

However, his methods have certainly come under scrutiny – firstly with the spygate saga as well as the intensity of the Whites’ play, with suggestions that the players could suffer burnout before the season is up.

At the moment his side are confounding anyone expecting them to fall off the pace but what about his approach off the pitch?

has lifted the lid in the dressing room, insisting his stand offish methods are working wonders for him but admitted there could be a divide among the players, who could be upset by his approach.

The Argentine’s captain told the Telegraph: “He’s the best manager I’ve played for, 100%. He’s probably one of the best tacticians in the world. The attention to detail, the stuff on the training ground, how intense the sessions are, all we needed was to get off to a good start and we did that. The lads really bought into it from day one.

“His relationship with the players, you could call it, stand offish. He doesn’t want to get too close, he’s an honest coach and is going to say things that are going to disappoint and maybe upset players, but he wants to get the best out of us. That’s his way, I think it’s a great way.”

Now blunt managers have been successes in the past but at the same time modern players often do not want the brutally honest truth and a little bit of love and support can go a long way to getting the best out of them.

With Leeds seeking out a place in the Premier League, Bielsa faces the prospect of having that positive attitude in the dressing room – borne through their success this season – being replaced by one of pragmatism and that is when true colours will be shown.

Bielsa cannot afford dividing the dressing room with his approach, with some likely to struggle to deal with the coldness of the manager when the going gets tough, and he has got to find a way to manage all the personalities at his disposal.