Leeds United make stunning managerial appointment to shock Championship

Marcelo Bielsa has been appointed as Leeds United head coach with the legendary Argentinian boss signing a two-year deal.

The club tweeted a short video which ended with the Argentinian flag and the caption, "Bienvenido Marcelo."

Bielsa confirmed his delight at joining the Championship club.

“I am delighted to accept the role of head coach at Leeds United," Bielsa said.

“It has always been my ambition to work in England and I have had several opportunities to do so during my career, however I have always felt it was important to wait for the right project to come along and so when a club with Leeds United’s history made me an offer, it was impossible to turn down.

“I am excited for the challenge ahead and I look forward to collaborating with Victor, Andrea and Angus, as we work hard to achieve great things at this football club.”

Bielsa, 62, who has also had a spell in charge of Chile, has been Leeds’ top target since Paul Heckingbottom was sacked earlier this month.

Talks between Leeds and Bielsa’s representatives in Buenos Aires had been ongoing for several weeks and the former Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lille boss is keen to take on his first job in England.

Leeds fans have grown impatient over the apparent lack of progress in finding Heckingbottom’s successor, but there are no major obstacles remaining and an announcement is imminent.

Leeds outlined their plans to bring in an experienced manager to help launch a promotion push from the Sky Bet Champiopnship when announcing Heckingbottom’s departure.

Argentinian Bielsa fits the bill. He remains highly respected despite an acrimonious departure from his last job at Lille in December following a fall out with the French club.

He has had spells at Argentinian clubs Newell’s Old Boys and Velez Sarsfield and a spell in charge of Espanyol was cut short when he was appointed Argentina’s head coach in 1998.

Argentina won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and were runners-up in the Copa America the same year under Bielsa, who spent seven years in the role.

Bielsa guided Chile to the 2010 World Cup, steered Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League final and Copa del Rey final in 2012, but he also fell out with the hierarchy at Marseille, where he resigned in 2015.

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