Mural unveiled in honour of Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa after promotion win

A huge mural has been unveiled in tribute to Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.

By Rebecca Marano
Friday, 11th September 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Friday, 11th September 2020, 4:58 pm

It has been painted in Hyde Park Corner, on the side of the One Stop store in Hyde Park Road.

The black and white mural spans 90 square metres and bears the Bielsa quote: "A man with new ideas is a madman, until his ideas triumph".

It was created by street artist Irek Jasutowicz, who showcases his work online under the name 'Tankpetrol'.

The Marcelo Bielsa mural on Hyde Park Corner.

He was commissioned by the Parklane Group, who wanted to show their appreciation to the manager for guiding the club back to the Premier League.

Naveen Ahmed, Managing Director of The Parklane Group speaks passionately about the artwork created ‘’After 16 years, we’re back where we belong in the Premier League.

"We felt it was only right to pay tribute to the superb style of play that Bielsa has introduced to Leeds United which has engaged so many people in the city.

"We are so thankful and really wanted to give something back to the city, players and Marcelo himself. Marching on together!’’

Artist Irek Jasutowicz puts the finishing touches to a new mural of Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa on Hyde Park corner in Leeds. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Artist, Tankpetrol’s, whose name was inspired by his previous history of driving tanks for the Polish army, said: "It has been an honour to work on such a high profile building.

"Over the week that I have been working on the project I have seen the excitement the art is already bringing to the people of Leeds. I hope that this will be a landmark for years to come”.

Argentina-born Bielsa joined the club back in June 2018.

During his first season he guided the players through to the promotion play-offs in his first season but the Whites were beaten 3-4 on aggregate to Frank Lampard's Derby County.

However, the club came back fighting and secured promotion to the Premier League with two games to play on July 17, after West Brom's 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town.

This is the first time the Whites have played in the league in 16 years.

Leeds also secured the Champions title, finishing 10 points ahead of 2nd placed West Brom.

This week Bielsa confirmed that he will remain with the club for the 2020/21 season.The Argentine made it clear there were no issues with the negotiations and he had been working '100 per cent' on preparations for what will be his third season at Elland Road but his first ever in the Premier League.

He said: "I will be working the next season at Leeds United.

"Everything has been sorted, it is definite."

Leeds United confirmed on Friday, September 11 that Bielsa had signed a new one-year contract with the club.

The Whites take on Liverpool at Anfield for their first match in the Premier League.

Asked at his pre-match press conference on about where he saw the biggest threats to Liverpool coming from, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said an opening weekend showdown against a side he has plenty of respect for was more than enough to occupy the mind.

"We don't have to think at this moment about the whole season, we have to think about Leeds and that's enough to think about honestly because it's a Premier League team," said Klopp.

"They are new in the Premier League with this but they are 'really' a Premier League team quality wise and with a world class manager and an incredibly intense idea of football.

"We have to be ready for that so that's what I am thinking about and not too much about the rest of the season."

Leeds have not met Liverpool in a league fixture since February 2004 with the Whites relegated three months later and taking 16 years to make a top-flight return with three seasons in League One along the way.

Leeds United play Liverpool on Saturday, September 12. Kick off 5.30pm.