Tadcaster butcher makes Bielsa bangers

Tadcaster Butcher Nick Devine of Devine Meat’s with his Bielsa sausage. Picture: Gary Longbottom

Nick Devine, 50, who owns Devine Meats in Tadcaster with wife Zoe, 47, made the sausage in tribute to manager Marcelo Bielsa after he secured the team’s promotion for the first time in 16 years.

Nick said: “I’ve been a Leeds fan as long as I can remember and this sausage is in honour of the man who has taken us back to the Premier League.

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“He did the job where a lot of managers have tried and failed.

“It’s not been the best time to be a Leeds fan over the past 16 years and we’ve seen some rubbish, but it’s great to be back with the big boys.

“I thought as a bit of fun I would make a sausage that was Argentinian based and create my own Bielsa Banger’.”

The chorizo-based sausage is influenced by the flavours of Bielsa’s home country and combines paprika, beef, pork and gammon.

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Nick and Zoe, who have children Jordanne, 25, Jay, 22 and Kian, 19, said the family have been discussing what other Leeds United inspired treats they could make.

Nick said: “Last night we were all together talking about what else we could do.

“Kalvin Phillips is known as the Yorkshire Pirlo so we were thinking we could do a Yorkshire Pie-lo’ and maybe a Spanish chicken pie to celebrate Pablo Hernández.”

Nick hopes that Bielsa will be able to come and sample the sausage and said he’s happy to take a few bangers up to the Thorp Arch training ground.

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The father-of-three said: “For Bielsa to try the sausage would obviously be the dream and he is more than welcome to come and have some.

“I know he’s a very busy man so we wouldn’t expect it but it would be nice if he popped in.”

And what does Nick hope for the future now Leeds are back in the Premier League?

Nick said: “I’m more than happy to be back up top with the big boys. It’d be nice to get into Europe but that might be a bit ambitious.

“Then again, with Marcelo Bielsa, who knows where we can go?”

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