Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa donates almost £2million to former club Newell’s Old Boys

16 Oct

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has given almost £2million to Newell’s Old Boys to fund the development of a players’ centre.

Bielsa is a legend of Newell’s, having started both his playing and managerial careers with the Rosario club. They already play at the Estadio Marcelo A. Bielsa, choosing to rename their ground after the club’s hero in December 2009, and he is now giving something back to further help the team.

Bielsa’s life in England has started quite brilliantly

According to Ole, Bielsa has donated around £1.9million ($2.5m) to Newell’s to fund the development of a players’ centre, comprising a hotel, garage, terrace balcony, games room, offices and auditorium.

As decided by Bielsa, the complex will bear the name of Jorge Bernardo Griffa, a former Newell’s defender who won the 1959 Copa America with Argentina.

Furthermore, Bielsa’s influence on the building extends to the choice of the architecture studio designing the whole thing – Maria Eugenia Bielsa is his sister.

Known in his homeland as El Loco, Bielsa and his family have been invited to the opening of the complex, though the report suggests he will not be able to make it due to his commitments with Leeds.

Newell’s already play in the Estadio Marcelo A. Bielsa

The Elland Road club currently sit third in the Championship, just two points behind league leaders Sheffield United as they push for a return to the Premier League.

Bielsa’s side have won six, drawn five and lost just a single one of their 12 matches to date.