Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa could be set for a shock January exit from Elland Road, according to a report from the continent.
The Lowdown: Bielsa a Leeds icon
The Argentine are arguably been the most influential figure at Leeds in the past decade or so, bringing the good days back to the club.
Bielsa has of course guided the Whites back into the Premier League, finishing ninth in their first season back in the division and playing some superb football along the way, endearing himself to those in Yorkshire with his enigmatic personality and obvious passion for the beautiful game, even showing up to coach football-loving local kids out of the blue.
The 66-year-old’s current Leeds deal expires at the end of this season, however, and it remains unknown if he will extend his stay beyond that point.
The Latest: Shock exit rumour emerges
A board meeting is rumoured to be taking place next month and his future will be discussed there.
The Verdict: Surely not?
The thought of Bielsa leaving at any point is a sad one but it seems unfathomable that he would either leave or be sacked in January.
The Leeds hero is a man of his word and has committed his future until at least the summer, so it would be an almighty shock if that suddenly wasn’t the case. It would also feel incredibly harsh for the club to take decisive action even despite the poor form to kick off this campaign, given his role in their promotion back to the big time.
It may be that Bielsa decides he has taken Leeds far enough come the end of the season, but with key men like Patrick Bamford back fit again, the hope is that the Whites rise up the Premier League in the coming months, increasing Bielsa’s chances of staying put even beyond this season, let alone through the winter.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly keen on a January move for one player. Find out who it is here.
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