Tim Sherwood says he loves Marcelo Bielsa's audacity

 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 23, 2018 in Birmingham, England.
Image: Marcelo Bielsa has admitting to spying on all his Championship opponents this season

Tim Sherwood respects Marcelo Bielsa's audacity for laying bare his methods to the press and thinks his spying antics are "fair game".

On Wednesday, Bielsa revealed Leeds have watched all opponents' training sessions this season and took the media through an hour-long Powerpoint presentation detailing the tactical analysis that went into his team's preparations for facing Derby.

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Sherwood - speaking on The Debate - praised the Argentine's authority and openness about his methods.

"He does not care what anyone thinks about him - I admire that," he said.

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Image: Marcelo Bielsa took the media through a presentation of his tactical analysis on Wednesday

"He feels like he's done nothing wrong. He assembled the press and disarmed them straight away.

"He answered all the questions before they had a chance to ask any. In his mind, he's not broken any rules although the FA may disagree. Then if he has then they will punish him. But the audacity to come out and do this is top draw."

The EFL launched a formal investigation this week and wrote to Leeds United to "seek observations" from the club.

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The sanctions open to the EFL, should Leeds be found to have broken the rules include a points deduction and financial penalties.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted to having spied on all opponents' training sessions this season

Sherwood thinks Bielsa's press briefing will help Leeds' case.

"He's trying to speed up the investigation," Sherwood said.

"There's nothing they can dig around and find because he's just put it all on the table for them.

"He's said, 'there it is. Now what are you going to do about it?' He just wants to get it over and done with so he can get on with the rest of the season and try to get Leeds to the Premier League.

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Derby County manager Frank Lampard said spying is an issue for the whole league to deal with.

"I wouldn't be happy if I was the opposition manager. Would he be happy if teams were spying on him? I wouldn't think so.

"But it's common practice and fair game. Everyone is capable of doing it to one another and they should be allowed to do it, in Bielsa's eyes. Morally it's wrong and it's something we're not used to. It's a cultural thing.

"It's a minor advantage and a minute detail which top managers always look to gain an advantage in. He will feel there's no stone unturned in his preparation for the opposition at the weekend, and at the moment you have to say he's doing a great job."

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