‘It’s a bit autistic, isn’t it?’: Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa slammed by Frank Leboeuf and Christophe Dugarry as they question way he treats players
- Frank Leboeuf and Christophe Dugarry discussed Marcelo Bielsa on the radio
- Leeds boss Bielsa’s manner with other people was criticised by the duo
- Ex-Chelsea man Leboeuf told RMC Sport: ‘He’s somebody I don’t like’
Marcelo Bielsa has been heavily criticised by Frank Leboeuf and Christophe Dugarry — with the former Birmingham man suggesting his behaviour is a ‘bit autistic’.
The Argentine has led Leeds to a place in the top two in the Championship this season, although their form has stuttered in recent weeks. He has also been questioned over the Spygate controversy.
He is known for his idiosyncrasies. Bielsa rarely looks up when speaking to reporters and sits on an upturned blue bucket in the dugout throughout games.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa’s behaviour has been criticised on French radio
Frank Leboeuf (second left) and Christophe Dugarry (second right) slammed the manager
The 63-year-old previously took charge of Marseille in France, who both Leboeuf and Dugarry played for.
And the 1998 World Cup winners were united in their criticism of Bielsa on their Team Duga show on Tuesday as they discussed an incident involving Steve Mandanda.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf told RMC Sport: ‘He’s somebody I don’t like. I don’t like his life philosophy. I don’t like how he manages a group and for me he’s shown nothing.
‘To take the lift in the morning with your captain, to not say hello and to not even look at him, there’s a bit of a problem.’
Bielsa has been involved in controversial moments this season, such as the Spygate issue
Dugarry then jumped in and said: ‘It’s the way he treats people, journalists, it’s a bit autistic, isn’t it?’
Their co-host Jean-Louis Torres mentioned the praise that Bielsa had been lavished with by other managers. But Leboeuf said: ‘No, no, no, that’s not true, (Pep) Guardiola just said he spoke with him a bit’.
‘They were inspired by certain things,’ Dugarry added, ‘but he isn’t their mentor at all. He’s not their mentor at all. They were also inspired by Mourinho, by all the other managers.’
Bielsa’s reputation as ‘El Loco’ was then brought up, at which point Dugarry pointed out the lack of respect other managers have for Bielsa.
Dugarry said on Bielsa: ‘It’s the way he treats people, journalists, it’s a bit autistic, isn’t it?’
He continued: ‘But there’s dozens of them who mock him. Who’s he respected by? Because he’s crazy? Because he’s sat on a cooler? That’s why he’s respected.
‘The number of people who mock him, thinking, “How can you play like this?” Who has he inspired?
‘Guardiola was inspired by Cruyff. He might have had discussions with Bielsa that got him thinking. He brought some analysis, a debate, that’s it.
‘What’s impressive with Bielsa is that he can stand in front of managers for two hours and give his philosophy, but what has he brought to the game? Cruyff inspired football. What has he created in the game?’
They also suggested Bielsa had not inspired any one and is no manager’s mentor