Marcelo Bielsa will quit Leeds United this summer if cost cutting measures are put into place, according to the Telegraph.
His side were challenging for the automatic promotion places all season and finished nine points clear of Derby County, but last night lost 4-2 to the Rams at Elland Road, meaning a 4-3 aggregate defeat over two legs.
That’s consigned them to another season of Championship football, sparking concerns that Bielsa could walk away in the summer, as has previously been suggested.
The latest report suggests he will quit the club if he is told there needs to be a round of cost cutting to survive.
It’s thought that any effort to restrict his budget will force his hand, especially as his promotion campaign was largely built on players who had struggled the season before.
Stuart Dallas bagged a brace last night, he was at the club when Bielsa arrived, as were key players Mateusz Klich, Ezgjan Alioski and Kemar Roofe.
Whilst there was modest outlay made on players, Bielsa is thought to command a £3m salary, one of the largest in the Championship.
These are worrying times indeed for Leeds fans. Bielsa has revolutionised the club and created a top Championship team, but injuries and weak transfer dealings have let them down over time.
If he does walk away, all that effort is for nothing. If he stays, he can continue to work with a talented group of players but must add wisely and perhaps in greater numbers.
If his ability to do that is restricted, then he has to go for the sake of his own reputation.