Marcelo Bielsa crowned Manager of the Year in the EFL Championship
LEEDS, ENGLAND - JULY 22: The players of Leeds celebrate their manager Marcelo Bielsa with the Sky Bet Championship trophy at Elland Road (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

To top off what has been an incredible season for both Marcelo Bielsa and his ever-impressive Leeds United, the Argentinian has been labelled as the EFL Championship's Manager of the Year - as awarded by the League Managers Association.

Bielsa overcame Slaven Bilic of league runners-up, West Bromwich Albion, and Thomas Frank who has been in charge of high flying challengers, Brentford.

The ups and downs

There is no questioning what Bielsa has done with Leeds over the past couple of campaigns. However, this year has seen him achieve perhaps the most impressive feat he has ever in his established managing career.

Finishing ten points clear of second place and storming well ahead of their competitors in just about every attacking statistic, Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa have shown that they are well and truly worthy of Premier League status.

It is worth noting that not only were the West Yorkshire club firing on all cylinders going forward, they did it while maintaining the most clean sheets in Europe's top five league, plus the Championship (22).

Playing the Marcelo Bielsa Way

It is rare that Bielsa will take credit for the results he manages to pry out of his teams. However, along with this award, the appreciation for Bielsa shows no bounds in the city of Leeds.

Following their title win, he has even had a street named after him in the city centre.

What to expect next year

Despite his successes, there is still an air of doubt to whether or not Bielsa will remain at Leeds United next season. To the outside world it would seem a no brainer to remain at Leeds, but to those who are aware of his character, it isn't that simple.

He is one of the most unpredictable personalities in world football, but that is also what makes him so special.

The former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao boss is due to sit down with Director of Football, Victor Orta, and owner, Andrea Radrizzani next week in order to discuss a new contract.

If the negotiations are successful, could he be in contention for next year's Premier League Manager of the Year?

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