Marcelo Bielsa named Manager of the Month

Head coach picks up November award.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for November.

It was a perfect month for Bielsa, who guided Leeds to five straight victories in November.

Leeds scored 11 goals over this period, conceding just two goals and keeping three clean sheets.

Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough were defeated at Elland Road, with Luton Town and Reading beaten on the road, in a run which saw Leeds maintain a place in the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion spots.

Speaking about the award, Bielsa said: “To recognise the manager is one way to recognise everybody who is helping the team and more than help, having some impact and influence on the team, but of course what's more important is the input of the players.

“We know that every team has different periods in the competition when you are better and worse, but it's no coincidence [the award] comes at the moment of the competition when Leeds have a high impact."

Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel said: “Marcelo and his Leeds team have certainly turned the heat up on their Championship promotion rivals over the last few weeks.

“Marcelo has maintained that really rewarding high-tempo game we have been accustomed to when watching his team.

“With WBA and Fulham still hot on their heels, Leeds really have the bit between their teeth, and the upcoming festive fixtures promise to be exciting and intriguing in equal measure.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman commented: “The enigmatic Argentine continues to prove that his less than conventional training methods are an inspiration to his team as they continue their brilliance where it matters, on a match day.

“Bielsa’s charges recorded five wins from five in November, shipping just two goals in the process, and along with West Bromwich Albion, have cemented themselves as Championship front-runners as we approach the busy Christmas period.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies added: “Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds come out as far and away the best team in the division on all of the important shot metrics, including expected goals and we have them as short as 4/6 with us to win the title (from 6/4 at the start of the month).

“We make them 1/10 to be promoted back to the top flight for the first time in 15 years – from 4/9 at the start of November.”