The impact that Marcelo Bielsa has had on Leeds United has been described as “phenomenal” by one of the club’s backroom staff.
Bielsa only took over at Elland Road in June, but has guided the club third in the Championship with eight games of the season remaining, and the club’s Head of Medicine, Rob Price, is already backing him to leave a lasting legacy at the club.
Talking to BBC’s Football Daily podcast, Price, who previously worked under Rafael Benitez at Liverpool said: “The culture change at this club and the culture change that happened with Rafa as well is phenomenal.”
Speaking from the Leeds’ Thorp Arch training ground, Price added: “You read all the culture change books that say things can’t happen as quickly as they do with these two gentlemen in charge. You’ve seen some of the changes that have been implemented here, even the rooms we’re sat in now.”
Price went onto to discuss the way in which Bielsa had gone about making changes to the organisation at the club, saying: “The best managers are able to take that culture change and they do it seamlessly because they set their own high standards and everyone else has to live up to the same high standards and live the ideals of the club as well.”
Going onto discuss the infrastructure put in place by Bielsea further, Price claimed: “Talking to the players, they said whoever, from they’ve been before, if anyone was to step into this club now for whatever reason, they’ve got a template and a facility and a set up that I think anyone would want to step into.
“They’d be envious of what people have got here.”
Regardless of whether or not Leeds achieve promotion, there can be no question that Bielsa has changed the game in terms of the way clubs are run on a day to day basis.
You wouldn’t be surprised if others tried to follow suit, but the head start Bielsa has given Leeds means they should always have an advantage in that respect.