'Not what is expected': Bielsa claims he is offering Leeds poor value for money

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The Leeds manager, Marcelo Bielsa, has claimed he is currently offering Leeds United poor value for money and has refused to blame numerous injuries for a bad run of results
It is almost taboo for leading coaches to suggest they are overpaid but, applying a sledgehammer to one of the game's unwritten conventions, Marcelo Bielsa has claimed he is currently offering Leeds United poor value for money.

"I am in charge of a group of footballers who warrant, who deserve, to be in a higher position," said Bielsa, whose injury-hit side are one place and two points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone. "The club has trusted in me and one of the aspects that shows their confidence is what they pay me – so, of course, these results that I am offering are not what is expected.

"The injuries are not one of the reasons why we are there and, of course, the position we occupy in the table worries me. The club have put enough resources at my disposal for results to be different."

The 66-year-old Argentinian is believed to command about £8m a year and when he led Leeds out of the Championship in 2020 and to a creditable ninth-placed finish last season, it seemed money extremely well spent.

Yet while Bielsa remains revered in West Yorkshire, a combination of only two wins this season and nagging concerns relating to his enduring belief in working with an unusually small nucleus of senior professionals dictate he is starting to face some, albeit low-key, criticism from fans.

It leaves Saturday's trip to Brighton freighted with unexpected importance, particularly as the meeting with Graham Potter's team follows improved…
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