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Marcelo Bielsa appointed new Leeds coach

Leeds United have chosen Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach, appointing the Argentine on a two-year deal.

He replaces Paul Heckingbottom who was relieved of his duties at Elland Road last month.

Bielsa said in a statement “’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.”

According to The Daily Mail, Bielsa will earn £2.5 million a year, making him the highest-paid coach in the history of Leeds.

The former Argentina and Chile coach has enjoyed a colourful and chequered career which has seen him manage in seven different countries. His teams are famous for their intense high pressing game, and a systematic, tactical approach to football.

Bielsa is no stranger to controversy. Two years ago he was appointed to manage Serie A side Lazio, but left after two days without taking charge of a single match. And his last job with French side Lille saw him suspended after just 13 games in charge, with his contract being later terminated.

Given that Bielsa is now the 13th manager that Leeds have had since Simon Grayson was sacked in February 2012, the odds of the Argentinian seeing out his contract might be quite long.

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