Why so much more than promotion rests on Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United future

Marcelo Bielsa Leeds

In October 1919, Leeds United were founded from the ashes of the city’s previous team. Leeds City had been forcibly disbanded a few months earlier, following allegations of illegal payments made during the First World War. The manager, Herbert Chapman, would go on to have his lifetime ban overturned and become one of the most significant footballing figures of the 20th century.

Chapman brought silverware to Huddersfield and Arsenal, but his biggest mark on football was refining the W-M formation and setting a template for how the game would be played for decades to come. Had Leeds City never been dissolved, with Chapman remaining in charge, the very identity of Leeds might have been markedly different.

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