By Fajembola Olamide
The 2003/04 season saw Leeds United relegated after the sacking of management staff, sale of major assets that led to the financial crisis, and many other Management crisis, the club has been in the championship ever since then until their latest promotion now after 16 years.
The journey back to the top flight has been a very challenging one of the 101 years old club famous for its fierce rivalry with Manchester United and also the beauty of its famous ground, Elland Road. The club has won three English League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two Community Shields, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and also reaching the European Cup Final in 1975, losing to Bayern Munich.
The club nicknamed “The White Peacocks” was one of the tough sides to play against in the Premier League then. Not many would have expected their stay in the championship to be as long as 16 years due to their story of success in the past years they have been in the top flight.
Their fight for promotion might seem to begin 16 years ago but it really did not start until the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa 2 years ago from Lille to manage the team.
Marcelo Bielsa is famously known for his hard work in shaping Athletic Bilbao into a team that reached both the Europa League final and Copa del Rey final in 2011/12 season brought his high energetic football back to Elland Road and he surely transformed the team into a team worthy of fighting for in the Premier League. They missed the automatic qualification to Sheffield United last year by 6 points gap and was defeated by Derby County at the First Leg of the promotion Play-offs.
Bielsa men did not relent this year as they hold onto the first position on the League for the most part of the season, needing just a point to be promoted after their last game. Second Placed West Brom Defeat away to Huddersfield last night secured the White Peacocks 16 years waiting for promotion into the Premier League.
The 2020/21 Premier League season will be a tougher test for Bielsa’s men, But surely a test they will be willing to take and the Premier League sides will be looking forward to facing the New Leeds United. If Bielsa can keep the team up, it will be another challenge for him but we will be expecting the Argentine to do a good job with the boys in the upcoming Season.