Date: 2nd April 2021 at 6:55pm
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fans have been reacting to comments made by Marcelo Bielsa about his predecessor .

Heckingbottom, who lasted only four months in charge at the club, is returning to Elland Road this weekend with his United side. The 43-year-old didn’t exactly have the greatest time at the club, only winning 4 of his 16 games in charge back in 2018 as he guided them to 16th place. That summer, Bielsa took charge and everything changed at the club.

A number of the players from the side Heckingbottom took charge of are still at the club now, such as Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling among others, and speaking in his press conference, Bielsa was keen to praise Heckingbottom for the work he did in setting the team up before him.

He said: “I’ve only heard praise about the time he was here. What I value is that a great portion of the players who are the base of the team were here when he was around.”

However, those words didn’t quite come across as too complimentary to some on social media when they were relayed to them by both the club and journalist Phil Hay, as they felt they came across as a cheeky dig that Bielsa could do a job with the players that Heckingbottom couldn’t:

“Best April fools yet”

“Basically look what I did with the players compared to what Heckingbottom did.”
“Not exactly a compliment”
“I know he doesn’t mean it like this, but I definitely read it as “this is the same team he had and finished lower mid in the Championship””
“Marcelo getting in on the April fools”
“He really means… “Paul lad we both took Cooper, Dallas, Ayling, Alioski to mid-table finishes – me in the premier league, you in the Championship.””
“Marcelo’s lost it”
“Really???”

Will Bielsa sign an extension with Leeds?

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Given their contrasting achievements at the club, you can see how some fans are a bit surprised at the manager’s comments. However, taking Bielsa’s words at face value, it does show the impact that a decent coach can have in turning things around at a club.

In other news: Kalvin Phillips’ latest tweet has left lots of Leeds fans buzzing