Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for August, which has divided opinion amongst fans of the club.
The Argentine coach was named on a four-man shortlist for the award, which also included Charlton Athletic’s Lee Bowyer, Swansea City’s Steve Cooper, and Bristol City’s Lee Johnson.
Under Bielsa’s lead, Leeds made a solid start to the 2019/20 campaign in August and climbed to third with 13 points from six games.
The Whites lost just once in the league all month and conceded the fewest goals of any side in the division.
The 64-year-old has helped his side quickly forget about the crushing play-off defeat last season and the departures of two key players, Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson.
You would imagine he would be the firm favourite for the award had his side not lost their last game of the month 1-0 to Swansea, which also meant they surrendered first place.
Bielsa’s nomination appears to have drawn a split reaction from Leeds fans with some suggesting he should win the prize and other worried it may be a curse.
Read the reaction of Whites supporters here:
Obviously its Bielsa 🙌💛💙 #MOTM
— Carrie ♡ (@cazdazconnor) September 12, 2019
Marcelo Bielsa should be manager of the month, every month! This league should feel honoured to have such a legend managing the biggest club in the league! 😉😂
— Purely Boxing 🥊 (@Purely_Boxing) September 12, 2019
hope its not bielsa these awards usually turn out to be a scud so with any luck its cooper!
— White Star Whites (@star_whites) September 12, 2019
Not Bielsa – it’s a curse.
— Nathan Addison (@nathlufc) September 12, 2019
— Hollie Ainsworth (@HollieAinsworth) September 12, 2019
Marcelo Bielsa for the win
— 24k Slush Puppy 🌈 (@MotoPooped) September 12, 2019
Marcelo El Loco, Up the league we will go! #lufc
— Yorkshireaw (@yorkshireaw) September 12, 2019
Bielsa doesn’t need this curse, Bowyer deserves it though
— Leeds Media 💙💛 (@media_leeds) September 12, 2019
We don’t want it, Bielsa doesn’t want it, we only want that trophy at the end of the season. Bowyer please.
— Jimmy_Lazers (@Jimmy_Lazers) September 12, 2019