It is fair to say that Marcelo Bielsa has done a sensational job since joining Leeds United last summer.
The Argentine manager’s tactical prowess has helped to turn around the club’s fortunes this season, leaving them within striking distance of a first top-flight campaign in 15 years.
Therefore, regardless of whether the club achieves promotion in May, the Whites will understandably keen on him staying at Elland Road for the 2018/19 campaign.
However, according to reports from Italian outlets La Gazzetta dello Sport and Il Messaggero via Football Italia, Bielsa is one of several managers alongside AS Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri to be on AS Roma’s shortlist to take over from caretaker boss Claudio Ranieri in the summer.
If the 63-year-old does decide to take up the role at I Giallorossi, Leeds will need to find a sufficient replacement with one name, in particular, standing out from the crowd.
Having left Huddersfield Town in January, David Wagner is still without a job despite achieving heroics at the West Yorkshire-based club. The American arrived at the John Smith’s Stadium amidst a relegation battle in the Championship yet after steering them to safety in 2016, he led them to a remarkable achievement in the following season.
Battling it out with Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion for the majority of the 2016/17 campaign, the Terriers eventually achieved promotion via the playoffs, beating Reading on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
In their first top-flight campaign for 45 years, Huddersfield went on to secure an unlikely survival under Wagner, illustrating his brilliant talent of getting the very best out of his players. Taking his past achievements into consideration, Leeds should offer the 47-year-old Bielsa’s position if they are to succeed in the future.
With experience of managing in England’s top two tiers, the appointment of Wagner would suit the Whites as he could easily continue the fantastic job that his predecessor has done.
However, Leeds will still be hopeful that Bielsa can continue the club’s footballing revolution next season, avoiding any interest from other clubs in Europe.
What do you think Whites fans? Should Wagner be brought in as manager if Bielsa leaves? Or is there someone else who should be lined up as a possible replacement? Let us know below…
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