It has been an awful month to be a Leeds United supporter, hasn’t it?
After moving within touching distance of a return to the Premier League following a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on April 13th, the Whites capitulated in their final four fixtures of the season which allowed Sheffield United to usurp them in the Championship standings.
Yet despite entering their play-off semi-final clash with Derby County in shocking form, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa would have been extremely confident in his side’s ability to overcome a team who they had beaten twice during the regular season.
However, despite winning the first leg 1-0 last Saturday at Pride Park, the Whites fell apart at Elland Road on Wednesday as the Rams were able to secure a famous 4-2 victory to secure a showdown with Aston Villa at Wembley Stadium later this month.
Although it would be easy to blame Bielsa for Leeds’ recent struggles, the fact that he has had to constantly adjust his side due to a plethora of injury issues has clearly had a detrimental impact.
With no fewer than four of his regular starters missing during midweek, it was always going to be an uphill battle to keep Derby at bay and therefore it was somewhat of a miracle just how Leeds managed to hold their own for such long periods of the game.
Having transformed the Whites’ fortunes since joining the club last year, it is clear that despite missing out on promotion this season, Bielsa is still the right man to take them forward over the coming years.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror about his future at Leeds, the 63-year-old admitted: “It’s not as you can imagine convenient to talk about this point right now.
“Anyway, the process and you know about this process, that’s why I’m talking about it, if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal.”
Although Bielsa didn’t reveal that he will be definitely staying at Elland Road next season, the fact that he is willing to sit down with chairman Andrea Radrizzani suggests that he is open to this prospect.
Yet with it not being beyond the realms of possibility that the Argentine receives offers from across Europe this summer, it may turn out to be a nervy few months for everyone associated with Leeds.
What do you think Whites fans? How important is it that Radrizzani convinces Bielsa to stay at the club? Are you confident that the former Bilbao coach will still be in charge next season? Let us know below.