Marcelo Bielsa has finished a fantastic campaign as Leeds head coach by being named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for July.
Bielsa's Leeds won the Sky Bet Championship title with a ten-point gap over West Brom in second. It's the first trophy Leeds have won since 1992 and it ended their 16-year wait for Premier League football to return to Elland Road.
It's a deserved award for Bielsa - who was also named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month in November.
EFL title sponsors Sky Bet have Bielsa priced at 6/1 to win a Premier League Manager of the Month award during their time back in the top-flight next season.
Danny Wilson, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: "Up against some fantastic set of results of some teams in July, Marcelo came up trumps with his Leeds United team!
"When all the expectation is heaped onto one club for a matter of years, that pressure can break certain players and managers, but not Bielsa.
"Leeds went six games unbeaten at the end of the season to cement their return to the Premier League as Champions. Bielsa’s team have pushed themselves to the limit this campaign and deserved all the acclaim they’re receiving."
Marcelo Bielsa's managerial achievements
- 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship: Winners
- 2004 Olympics: Gold medal
- 2004 Copa America: Runners-up
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- Primera Division Argentina: Winners (1991; 1992)
- 1992 Copa Libertadores: Runners-up
- 2011/12 Europa League: Runners-up
- 2011/12 Copa del Rey: Runners-up
- 2001 IFFHS World's Best National Coach
- 2009 South American Coach of the Year
- 2020 LMA Championship Manager of the Year
- Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month: August 2018; November 2019; July 2020
- 2019 FIFA Fair Play Award
The former Argentina manager is expected to take up another year in the role at Leeds and guide them in their Premier League return.
Other Bielsa specials include the 100/1 on Leeds to beat Manchester City home and away in the 2020/21 season. Pep Guardiola has repeatedly spoken about Bielsa's influence on him during his coaching career.
A popular campaign for Leeds fans would involve them finishing above rivals Manchester United - where Sky Bet have them at 16/1 to do so.
Odds correct at 1100 BST (31/07/20)
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