Alex McLeish has touted a potentially fruitful partnership between Leeds United and PSG after Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment in France.
The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the close links between both chairman and managers could see a formal or informal relationship develop between the two clubs.
Speaking to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio in April 2020, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani confirmed there was a desire to work with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and confirmed the duo already had an “excellent relationship”.
The pair of businessmen have been involved in business deals together in the past thanks to their backgrounds in sports broadcasting rights.
Meanwhile, Pochettino and Bielsa’s relationship stretches back more than 30 years.
With the former Tottenham boss’ appointment strengthening the connection between Leeds and the French giants, McLeish believes there could be a budding partnership in the wings.
Asked if he could see an exciting relationship building between the two clubs, McLeish told Football Insider: “Yeah, and how (exciting)? PSG obviously famous with their links to (Nasser) Al-Khelaifi.
“To have some friends within the game and people that you can turn to, whether it be a mentor, for Pochettino, Bielsa could still be his mentor and I’m sure he will use him a lot.
“Back in the day we had guys like Alex Ferguson, Walter Smith – the older heads – Alex Smith another one.
“We relied on and spoke to these guys sometimes when you’re at a low ebb or when you’re trying something creative, then, you know, you would think: ‘Can I go ahead with this?'”