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Journalist claims Leeds United boss was offered European job last summer

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Tim Rich has revealed that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was offered the Girona job last summer.

Rich, author of Bielsa’s 2020 biography ‘The Quality of Madness’ revealed that the Argentine was offered the vacant Girona job last summer, but that he stayed put at Elland Road because he felt he ‘owed’ it to the fans.

Speaking on TalkSport, Rich said:

“He (Bielsa) felt that he owed something to the club, and I think he definitely owed something to Leeds United’s fans.”

After missing out on promotion last season, many predicted Bielsa’s departure from the club after only one season in Yorkshire.

“We all waited in that summer for him to go somewhere else more exotic,” continued Rich. “I know he was offered a job by the City football group to take charge of Girona, which they own.”

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Girona, who were relegated from La Liga last season, are owned by City Football Group – the billionaire owners of Manchester City amongst others.

Bielsa though is a close contact of City boss’ Pep Guardiola, and his possible move to Girona could well have been coerced between the two.

“He’s obviously quite close to Guardiola, but he kept on at Leeds but I think that’s a tremendous tribute to Leeds United,” conclude Rich.

Leeds currently sit top of the Championship with nine games to go, and face a very unfortunate potential of not being able to see out their season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The verdict

Bielsa and Leeds fans have a connection to be admired. He’s bound to be the man to give Premier League football back to the city, and that could well happen in the next few months.

If however, Leeds slip up, then Bielsa’s future at the club could go through another summer of speculation.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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