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Marcelo Bielsa named Championship MOTM

Marcelo Bielsa named Championship MOTM
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is named as the Championship Manager of the Month for August 2018.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has picked up the first Championship Manager of the Month award of the season.

The Argentine took over at Elland Road over the summer and has had an instant impact, with Leeds going into the international break top of the table after four wins and two draws in their opening six games.

George Burley, chair of the judging panel for the award, said: "Marcelo arrived in England this summer with a tremendous reputation, which is clearly warranted based on how Leeds have performed in the opening six games.

"Entertaining but organised, the team has taken to his methods quickly and their early form suggests they will be strong contenders for promotion come May."

Fellow judge Don Goodman added: "What an impact Bielsa has made at Leeds United. After last year's great start under Garry Monk, the fans won't yet be getting carried away, but there is the sense that this team is different.

"The style of play which Bielsa was known for in Spain and led him being touted to some of the biggest clubs in Europe is already in evidence at Elland Road and the players are responding to his methods."

Bielsa beat Blackburn Rovers' Tony Mowbray, Tony Pulis of Middlesbrough and Bolton Wanderers' Phil Parkinson to the award.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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