Alex McLeish is impressed after Marcelo Bielsa was pictured coaching a youth team during the off-season at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss admitted it was “amazing” to see the Argentine heading into the community with his squad either on holiday or on international duty.
A photo of Bielsa taking charge of a youth team’s training session in Leeds went viral on Twitter on Tuesday, with over 26,000 likes and 4,000 retweets.
How often do you get a Premier league manager turning up on a Monday night out of season, to take a U11's training session.
This is one of the reasons why this man will be classed as a Leeds Legend.#lufc #mot #waccoe pic.twitter.com/75Qy9TClQ4
— Sparky J (@JPHElectrical) June 8, 2021
The Yorkshire Evening Post report the Argentine turned up with his interpreter and held a 90-minute session.
McLeish admitted he could scarcely believe the pictures of the 65-year-old.
He suggested the images would “go down a storm” with Leeds supporters and football fans in general.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I saw the picture of him the other night, he was out training kids. It was amazing.
“It’s almost like he lives and breathes football, isn’t it? I think that those pictures will go down a storm with the whole of football, really. Although you do wonder if he does get a rest now and again.
“Mothers and fathers of those kids will be absolutely proud as punch. Others across the country will be saying: ‘Why doesn’t Jose Mourinho do that, Sam Allardyce?’
“Bielsa is obviously his own man and a very unique figure in the game.”
Bielsa has been Leeds manager since 2018.
He managed to guide the Whites to a ninth-place finish on their return to the Premier League.