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Leeds: Pundit hints that Marcelo Bielsa could leave

Leeds: Pundit hints that Marcelo Bielsa could leave -Leeds United News

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has hinted that Marcelo Bielsa could leave Leeds United, given the manner in which he signs new deals.

The Lowdown: Bielsa transforms Leeds

Bielsa has been one of the most influential figures at Elland Road in many years, guiding the Whites back into the Premier League after nearly 20 years in the wilderness.

Not only has the Argentine got Leeds playing fantastic football, but he is a down-to-earth character who has connected with the supporters.

The Latest: Pundit gives worrying update

Bielsa only signs one-year extensions at a time, however, and McLeish told Football Insider that it means he can move on easily if he decides he has taken a team far enough:

“It’s an unusual stance for a manager to take. Normally you look for a bit of stability. If you are building something you can argue that things take time.

“Bielsa seems to be unique in that field and he’s happy to continue the arrangement. Who’s to say he’s wrong? He judges himself and if he feels he’s not doing well enough he will walk.

“Rather than getting a three-year contract and getting sacked for two year’s money. He’s got his ways and who can criticise him? He’s been superb and taken Leeds to Mecca really.”

The Verdict: Final season at Elland Road?

The thought of Leeds losing Bielsa doesn’t bear thinking about, but there is some concern that he might be slowly coming to the end of the road with the Whites.

His side have made a poor start to the season and it may be the 66-year-old, who has been hailed as ‘special’ by Mauricio Pochettino, feels a fresh challenge is required next summer.

That may be knee-jerk thinking, though, and the hope is surely that another new one-year deal is signed when the 2021/22 campaign reaches its conclusion.

In other news, Phil Hay has revealed key details regarding one Leeds player. Find out who it is here.


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