Leeds knew full well appointing Marcelo Bielsa as their boss was always going to bring a host of headlines.
A man known as ‘El Loco’, who decided to sign Mauricio Pochettino after watching him sleep, joined the Elland Road giants in June and has transformed them into Championship title favourites as they strive to reclaim their Premier League status.
The unorthodox Argentine’s snap press conference today had Leeds fans worried he could leave in the aftermath of ‘spy gate’.
But those fears were allied with Bielsa simply wanting two media sit downs this week following a busy week at the club.
Amid the ongoing stories coming from west Yorkshire, talkSPORT has had a look back at Bielsa’s brilliant six-month Leeds tenure to date.
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Marcelo Bielsa: His Leeds highs
Beating Stoke and Derby in opening Championship games
Following the rapturous nature of his arrival at Elland Road, Bielsa got his Leeds tenure off to the perfect start.
Comprehensive back-to-back wins against Stoke and Derby got the Argentine up and running in style. The fact he was also spotted checking out the side’s U23 team also delighted supporters.
Championship Manager of the Month for August
Leeds went unbeaten during the first month of the season, beating Stoke, Derby, Rotherham and Norwich and drawing with Swansea and Middlesbrough.
That fine run of form saw Bielsa awarded the Manager of the Month award after his first few weeks in charge. One supporter even felt compelled to get an image of the boss tattooed onto his arm.
Consecutive 3-2 wins over Aston Villa and Blackburn around Christmas
The hectic festive schedule will test any side’s hopes of promotion but Leeds stood up to the task around Christmas.
After seeing off Bolton, Bielsa’s men then secured dramatic 3-2 wins over both Aston Villa and Blackburn in the space of just four days.
Bielsa’s three Leeds lows
Spy gate scandal
Bizarre, hilarious, cheating or entertainment? The spy gate scandal that preceded Leeds’ win over Derby will go down as one of this season’s biggest stories.
The EFL have been forced to launch a formal investigation after Bielsa admitted to instructing a member of his staff to snoop on a Derby training session. He then used a press conference to explain the lengths he goes to in order to get the lowdown on opponents.
Losing three in a row to Hull, Nottingham Forest and QPR
It appeared that Leeds’ wins over Villa and Blackburn took their toll on the side as they then went on a three-game losing streak.
Suffering league defeats to Hull and Nottingham Forest and being dumped out of the FA Cup by QPR would certainly have been difficult to swallow for Bielsa.
Having to reveal his blue bucket is actually just a blue bucket
The curious case of Bielsa and his blue bucket that has amused the Leeds faithful but left everyone else slightly confused.
When asked about his unusual choice of touchline seat, the 63-year-old said: “You want me to tell you more than what it is? It’s just a bucket. I have nothing to add. It’s a comfortable bucket.”