Leeds United – History, Past, Now present
Leeds United - History, Past, Now present
Leeds United got promoted back to the Premier League after 16 years. United has one of the most prolific and successful histories any club could ask for, from “The Glory days” being managed by Don Revie to debt struck club being relegated to League One with over £127m in debts.
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THE GLORY DAYS
Under the management of Don Revie, Leeds United had the most successful years since the club was founded in 1919. Revie became manager in an unprecedented time when Leeds were in financial difficulties and a win in the final game of the season saved united from being relegated to the Third Division of English football. Revie changed the club in many ways, concentrating on developing youth talent and the scouting of young players instead of buying old players.
Revie managed Leeds United for over 13 seasons and within that time they won many different trophies including, First Division title, FA Cup, and Charity Shield The Fairs cup in 68 and also becoming the runners up in the Champions League in the 1972 - 73 season.
The Leeds squad under Revie became known as “Dirty Leeds” because of their aggressive playing manor and their aggressive ability to win the ball. Most of the squad have gone down in the hall of fame for Leeds such as Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, John Charles, and John Giles.
Don Revie later left Leeds United to manage the England national team but didn’t become as successful as his managerial career at Elland Road. Leeds got into terrible financial debt and put millions into winning the Champions League and due to this failed gamble, it caused Leed United to drop 2 leagues in 2 seasons putting them in a bad place.
THE FUTURE OF LEEDS UNITED (The Radrizzani Era)
In 2018 owner Radrizzani signed Argentine Manager, Marcelo Bielsa as the new manager of Leeds United, on a 2-year contract with the option of a 3rd. Bielsa became the highest-paid manager in the history of The Whites.
The first season for Marcelo Bielsa saw him start in fabulous style as he sent Leeds United to the top of the table in the first 7 games in charge but after a series of mistakes, the squad saw Leeds finish in 3rd place behind Norwich City and Sheffield United. Leeds were also beaten by Derby County in the second stage of the championship playoffs, after beating them in both league games that season, saw Bielsa fantastic first season in charge come to a shocking halt.
Bielsa’s second season in charge saw the whole team take a step up in commitment and playing style and quality, showing why they deserve to be in the Premier League. They beat near enough every team that they faced only losing 9 games out of 46 but they won 28 in total, more than any club within the Championship.
Bielsa has done what no manager before him in recent history and steered Leeds back into top-flight English football Now they have proven themselves as no pushover in the premier league. They have played 2 of the top six clubs in the first weeks of their premier league season and Leeds looked like they could have won both. Losing to Liverpool in a 4-3 defeat and drawing with Man City 1-1.
Our prediction for the future of Leeds United in the Premier League
Leeds United look to be in the Premier League to stay and with Bielsa in-charge anything is possible. Leeds already this season look like they could be gunning for a top 6 finish with most teams being worried about playing them because of the Bielsa effect. Their relentless pressure and formidable ability to not only attack but defend will prove to be too much for some clubs.