Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills fears that failure to secure promotion this year could lead to the departure of Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa has been in charge at Elland Road since 2018, though his future was under threat following the Whites’ play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County last season.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills praised Bielsa’s effect on the club – but also highlighted his worry that a collapse could see the manager lose patience with his Leeds project.
He said: “He is unique, there’s no one else like Bielsa from top to bottom. The preparation, the intensity – he basically lives, sleeps, breathes football.
“It’s incredible what he does and Leeds are lucky to have him.
“My worry is if Leeds don’t get up this season, a big Premier League side will come looking for him or maybe he would have had enough and will want to move on.”
Despite having not reached the halfway point of the season, it would take some collapse from here on in for Leeds to falter in their search for top-flight football this year.
Leeds have the opportunity to see off Fulham on Saturday and put their sixth-placed opponents further out of the automatic promotion picture, increasing their chances of ending their Premier League exile in May.
Mills is perhaps right to be wary of what the future holds given the future of Bielsa seemed to hang in the balance when their promotion dream came to an end last year.
It may be a step too far to expect someone of Bielsa’s calibre to stick around in the second tier any longer as a result, especially having put themselves well in control of their destiny ahead of the festive period.
And with Bielsa receiving Premier League offers in the past, it would not be totally surprising if he was not in the top flight soon, regardless of Leeds’ progress.
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