After Marcelo Bielsa became manager of Leeds United FC, he found out that the average fan had to work 3 hours to pay for a match ticket. He called his players together and made them pick up litter from around the training ground for 3 hours, to appreciate how the fans laboured for their passion

Perfectionist Marcelo Bielsa brings radical approach to Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa had a question. The new Leeds manager wanted to find out how hard the average supporter had to work to pay for a ticket to watch the team. How many hours did he or she have to put in? It was unclear what kind of calculations went into the answer but one was provided. It would be about three.

So the Argentinian called his players together and he told them that, for the next three hours, they would be picking up litter from around the club’s Thorp Arch training ground. He wanted them to learn a lesson; to appreciate how the fans laboured to fulfil their passion.

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  1. AdvancedAdvance

    I assume it must have been extra difficult since only the goalkeeper could use his hands.

  2. MrGabrielSyme87

    The man. The myth. The legend.

  3. prollyMy10thAccount

    Three hours of wages might not even cover parking and concessions in the states.

  4. h1tmanc3

    He’s a special manager this guy, I only started to know about him since Leeds was promoted, but he is one of those crazy special managers and I see a healthy future for Leeds even despite recent results. I like him and I’m a united fan.

  5. Failure_in_Disguise

    This man change the way fútbol was seen in Chile.
    He was responsible for making athletes out of the entire soccer players and gave us a golden generation of elite athletes that still shine today.

    We may not see a new generation like this, but we will always remember “el loco Bielsa” as one of the greatest.

    Thank you loco

  6. solace777

    Integrity wins and the world always need more of it… it’s like a bottomless cup or something.

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