Leeds United staff profiles
Written by Simon Austin — April 2, 2018
HEAD COACH/ SPORTING DIRECTOR
Bielsa may have only won three major trophies during his career (two Argentine titles and the 2004 Olympics), but commands cult status, with Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino among his disciples. Hasn't disappointed in England, leading Leeds back to the promised land of the Premier League. His team has been characterised by youth, high-pressing and dominant possession.
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
Middlesbrough's chief scout for 18 months before leaving at the end of 2016/17. Previously at Seville (where he worked under the legendary Monchi), Zenit and Elche. Pivotal in bringing Bielsa to the club. Explained his philosophy in episode #7 of the TGG Podcast.
With Bielsa since Marseille. Like the manager, hails from Argentina.
First linked up with Bielsa with Chile, where he is reported to have turned up at the training ground and asked for work. Has been with the Argentine ever since - at Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio, Lille and now Leeds.
Worked with Orta at Boro for the last four months of 2016/17, having previously been with him at Elche, where he spent seven years. Had a "big offer from China" but instead chose Leeds, according to Orta.
Specialist in video analysis who first worked with Bielsa with the Chile national team.
MEDICAL & SCIENCE
HEAD OF MEDICAL & PERFORMANCE
Held the same role at Hull City for five years, having previously worked with Liverpool and the Football Association. Responsible for getting the players physically prepared for Bielsa's notoriously demanding style of play.
A graduate of Leeds Beckett who joined the club as an intern in October 2011. Progressed to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Academy Sports Scientist before being promoted to the first team in June 2016.
Worked for Lille for 12 years before arriving at Elland Road with Bielsa in August 2018. Impressed the Argentine during his short spell with the French side.
Worked at Krasnodar in Russia for a year before joining Hull in July 2016, where he worked with Rob Price. Moved to Leeds at the same time as his boss.
Joined the Thorp Arch team in August 2012 and promoted to the first team in November 2015. Became head physio when Steve Megson left shortly after Marcelo Bielsa's appointment.
Played more than 550 games as a pro and was capped by Wales. Experienced massage therapist who has also worked for Notts County, Derby and Leicester.
Joined Leeds in January 2018, having previously been Performance Nutritionist with Leeds Rhinos for three years.
HEAD OF EURO RECRUITMENT
Close friend of Orta, with whom he worked at Elche and Boro. Well known in Spain as a TV pundit and the creator of PC Futbol, the country's equivalent of the Football Manager game.
First arrived at Elland Road in 2015 after meeting the Cellino family in Miami. Valued as an analyst under Garry Monk but moved into scouting under Orta.
A recruit from Seville, where he worked with Orta.
At Elland Road for more than eight years. Started as Performance Analyst, promoted to head of department and then moved to scouting after Bielsa arrived.
HEAD OF ANALYSIS
Worked with Orta at Middlesbrough for a year - and exited with him in May 2017. The Spaniard brought his compatriot on board with him at Elland Road.
Worked with Atletico Madrid women's team for a year before joining Leeds in September 2017.
Had worked with Bielsa at Lille and moved to join him at Leeds in July 2018.