Bielsa has set a very high standard for Whites bosses to come, both on and off the pitch, delivering Leeds’ long-awaited promotion to the Premier League and earning the respect of the city and the global fanbase.
But Elland Road has not always been blessed with such talent and dignity.
We’ve worked out the club’s best and worst managers over the last 30 years, ranking them in order of win percentage.
Included are every manager who’s taken charge of the Whites on a matchday since 1991, caretakers and all.
5. John Carver - 20%
John Carver made a winning start to his stint as caretaker manager following Kevin Blackwell’s limp start to the 2006/2007 season. It soon proved to be beginner’s luck, though, as Carver lost the four games that followed. The powers-that-be were so unimpressed that they brought in a caretaker for the caretaker, refusing to allow Carver just one more game in charge while they waited to secure Dennis Wise. Ouch.
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6. Eddie Gray - 23.1%
Under enormous pressure to turn around the fortunes of his beloved Whites, Eddie Gray was handed the head coach role on a temporary basis with no prior experience of first team management, despite considerable playing and backroom credentials. At the centre of a crisis, Gray was able to initially steady the ship before Leeds went into a downward spiral at the start of 2004 which condemned them to relegation.
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7. Peter Reid - 27.3%
Initially appointed as interim manager, Reid’s first forays at Elland Road were extremely positive as he halted the Whites’ rapid decline and saved them from the drop. With the permanent job in the bag, Reid began the new season afresh, but with the club’s financial woes demanding superstars to be traded in for donkeys, Reid’s project failed to get off the ground, and the Liverpudlian was sacked after 22 games in charge.
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8. Paul Heckingbottom - 25%
Heckingbottom arrived at Elland Road on a wave of hype after his stunning managerial debut at Barnsley, for which he earned the Yorkshire Post’s coveted Sports Hero of 2016 award, featured an EFL trophy lift and a play-off final victory which took the Reds back into the Championship. Unfortunately, Heckingbottom couldn’t replicate his success with the Whites’ squad, and just four months into his tenure he departed Elland Road.
Photo: Stephen Pond