Whelan Exclusive: Leeds bust-up has caused chaos behind the scenes
Pablo Hernandez “needs to apologise” and end his rift with Marcelo Bielsa that is that is causing chaos behind the Leeds United scenes, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that tension has “carried on through the week” after Hernandez’s “disrespectful” actions in the loss against Leicester City.
The 35-year-old threw his remembrance armband to the floor in disgust as he was replaced by Tyler Roberts last week and apologised to fans yesterday via his Instagram account.
Hernandez was dropped for Saturday’s trip to Palace with Bielsa revealing in his post-match press conference that the decision was not due to injury.
Whelan is adamant that the player’s omission was a result of his actions against the Foxes and explained how it has left a big mark in the dressing room.
“Obviously the club have not come out and said anything and I am sure they won’t,” he told Football Insider.
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“They will keep it in house but it seems to me, and I have fallen out with managers, that things may have carried on between Bielsa and Hernandez throughout the week, unfortunately.
“Generally, you would get a one-on-one with the manager on Tuesday, sit down and discuss what happened but it is Hernandez that needs to apologise. It seems to me like it has carried on through the week and that is not healthy for a squad.
“Players will feel the tension. They will know what is going on.
“He wasn’t injured but he wasn’t taken to the game – that says everything.
“You cannot throw your armband down like that. It is disrespectful to the club. It is disrespectful to the players and the fans that are watching.
“He should have been straight in to Bielsa apologising. I do not understand why this rift has carried on.”
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