Leeds United promoted back to Premier League after 16-year absence

first_imgAfter 16 years, 15 managers, five owners, one relegation to League One, one administration, four play-off defeats and a couple more near misses, Leeds are back. The Pride of Yorkshire, the club of Don Revie, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Allan Clarke, Peter Lorimer, Howard Wilkinson, David Batty, Gary Speed and Lucas Radebe have returned to the Premier League after West Brom’s failure to win at Huddersfield on Friday night. To the list of club legends can be added Marcelo Bielsa and the unassuming Argentinian has become an honorary Yorkshireman because of his achievement in leading Leeds back to the Promised Land. Owner Andrea Radrizzani took a massive gamble when he enticed Bielsa to Elland Road in June 2018 to make him the best-paid manager in the club’s history. For all his fine football and success with Argentina and Chile, Bielsa was tagged as a nearly man because of his failure to win anything in Europe. His critics said his teams always faded in the home stretch because he ran his players into the ground, playing his energy-sapping, high-intensity possession football. Last season’s collapse when Leeds lost to spygate rivals Derby in the play-off semi-finals after topping the Championship for most of the season backed up this criticism. Despite having to sell top scorer Kemar Roofe and teen talent Jack Clarke to balance the books following this failure, Leeds shrugged off this disappointment to be even stronger this season. They have been in the top two for most of the season and have powered towards the finishing line, winning their last four games. Bielsa has also won promotion his way. He has never deviated from his passing style of football, which has inspired the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. He never bowed to pressure from the fans to start the on-loan Eddie Nketiah or Jean-Kevin Augustin ahead of Patrick Bamford. The South American never lost sight of doing what he felt was best for the team and all his decisions have now been vindicated. Bielsa has improved every player at Leeds – even Pablo Hernandez at 35 – and in Kalvin Phillips they have a future England player. Credit must also go to Radrizzani and after a succession of owners, who failed to deliver for Leeds’ long-suffering fans, the Italian has won promotion three years after taking full control. Director of football Victor Orta has played his part in helping to land Bielsa and also for his wheeling and dealing in the loan market, which would make even Harry Redknapp jealous. Loan stars Ben White, Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Illan Meslier have all been key to ending Leeds’ 16-year exile from the top flight. The final mention must go to Leeds’ fans and they deserve this moment more than anyone because of what they have endured since 2004. read also:Leeds on verge of promotion to Premier LeagueAt times it did seem that Leeds were damned as they suffered relegation to League One, administration and saw every home-grown talent from James Milner to Clarke sold off. Yet they fans remained loyal and their support has been the one constant during all the years of turmoil. Leeds are back and the Premier League will be all the better for their return. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content8 Interesting Unknown Facts Of Sasha Obama2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?last_img

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