Leeds United ‘fully expect’ Marcelo Bielsa to leave the club at the end of the season, should they fail to win promotion to the Premier League at the second time of asking during his managerial spell.
Is Marcelo Bielsa capable of taking Leeds United up?
According to a claim by Football Insider, the Whites believe the Argentine will step down from his position as manager if they come up short once again, which has led to links surrounding Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
Leeds have started the Championship strongly once again, however they are currently on a run of indifferent form that has seen their promotion charge stall.
Bielsa has been an incredible breath of fresh air at Elland Road since joining the club last summer and almost finally took Leeds back into the top-flight under his guidance with his efforts last season before ultimately falling away to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.
Indeed, the 64-year-old has a rather exceptional record whilst in the dugout for the Whites, as he has managed 34 wins in his 63 matches to date so far, with ten draws and 19 defeats making up the rest of his current tenure (as per Transfermarkt).
However, there appeared to be some hesitation as to whether he would be remaining in Yorkshire for another crack at the Championship as there were doubts about whether or not he would be prepared to trigger the extension that the club had in their contract – although that was subsequently dealt with by the end of May (The Guardian).
Of course, as a manager of his abilities and reputation as a ‘fabled manager and cult hero‘, it could be difficult a second time to keep the Argentine at Elland Road, should they fail to achieve promotion this time around – something current form may suggest becomes a reality next summer.
Bielsa has been great for Leeds (and the English game as per Adrian Durham) and it would be brilliant if he were able to bring his management ability to the Premier League in the future. However, for that to happen, it would appear as though Leeds will need to win promotion this season.
With the way things are going at the moment, the Whites will need to work hard during the international break on the training pitch as they will have to regroup and steady what has become a rather rocky ship.
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