Revealed: Leeds United make big decision over Bielsa's head
Leeds United took the decision to close their Thorp Arch training headquarters over the head of Marcelo Bielsa, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed early yesterday afternoon that United went into full lockdown following the updated coronavirus advice.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that first-team training was due to go ahead as usual yesterday but club chiefs decided to cancel the session after the government advised against “non-essential contact” with others.
Manager Bielsa usually has full authority over the timings of all senior training activity, with last summer’s pre-season trip to Australia a rare exception.
His decision to carry on running sessions as normal at Thorp Arch following last Friday’s postponement of the Championship until at least 3 April had raised eyebrows in some quarters, not least among his own players.
But the unique circumstances of the coronavirus forced Leeds chiefs into action and took the decision out of Bielsa’s hands.
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The club had already limited access to their Thorp Arch base but now first-team players have been told they must stay away from the facility and train at home.
United’s fitness coaches have given players individually tailored training regimes, which they are expected to complete on a daily basis.
Leeds’ next game is due to be against Blackburn Rovers on 3 April, although that match seems highly unlikely to go ahead.
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Chief executive Angus Kinnear told Sky Sports News earlier this week that it is only fair and proper that the Championship season is completed at the earliest possible opportunity, before the next season starts.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to go.