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Beware of the kitmen... Kevin Kilbane's spy stories

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

07:40 16 Jan 2019

Rather than shy away from Spygate, Marcelo Bielsa has tackled the issue head-on.

In a typically eccentric way, the Leeds United manager decided to use a press briefing to reveal more about himself and his methods.

Rival managers will be glad to know that it's not just Derby County's preparations that he's gathered information all. In truth, it's pretty much every club.

And he had Power Point preparations to show exactly what he's done.

Kitmen Outside Doors

The outcry has been intense since Spygate emerged. But as Kevin Kilbane told us on the Newsround, it's very commonplace to snoop on opponents. Indeed, it's the kitmen that one has to be wary of.

"Over the years as well, I've heard it at various football clubs - and I believe it to be true - where kitmen have been outside doors. There have kitrooms that have been adjacent to or parallel with away team dressing rooms," he said.

"There's very little wall between them or a very, very thin wall. So the kitman goes into the room and listens to what the opposition manager has been saying pre-match and when they arrive at the ground. Basically, just little things. This is common practice in football. If I was the manager of an opposition where it's happening, of course rightly you'd be annoyed. But this is common practice across the game."

You can watch the full Newsround below including the full reaction to Bielsa's press briefing:

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