Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Kevin Phillips has had a dig at Marcelo Bielsa for failing to conduct his post-match Leeds United interviews in English.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England striker and Premier League coach hailed the Argentine as “fantastic” and a “breath of fresh air” for the Championship.

But Phillips is unimpressed that the Spanish-speaking manager is midway through his second season at Elland Road and still failing to conduct interviews in English.

“I think he’s been fantastic,” Phillips told Football Insider. “The style of football that he’s brought to the club has been, I suppose, a breath of fresh air because the Championship is generally, the years that I played, was 4-4-2 – two banks of four.

“He plays an expansive style of football, like West Brom some of the players they’ve got within their ranks have been exciting and no surprise again to see them challenging at the top.

“They just missed out last year and his style of management is not to everyone’s
taste and perhaps I get a bit frustrated with his interviews afterwards because I think he’s been in the league long enough to learn English but it’s very interesting when you do listen.”

Leeds are well placed to secure automatic promotion this season as they are second in the league with 52 points despite a recent wobble.

United triggered the option to extend Bielsa’s contract last summer after his first campaign ended in a third-place finish and play-off semi-final defeat.

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