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‘I think he’ll stay’ – The future of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United: Opinion

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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa is prepared to listen to offers from the club for him to remain in charge at Elland Road next season, after the play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County last night.

Bielsa’s contract at Elland Road would have automatically extended had Leeds won promotion this season, but after last night’s play-off semi-final defeat to Derby, his future at the club is now uncertain.

Leeds and majority shareholder Andrea Radrizzani are reportedly keen for Bielsa to remain in charge at Elland Road for at least another season, but would be powerless to prevent him from leaving the club if he chooses to do so.

So, will Bielsa stay or leave Leeds? We discuss…

Gary Hutchinson

“I think he’ll stay.

“He’s not getting younger and if he walks, he’s a failure.

“Will he want that on his CV? Or will he want to get back on the horse straight away?

“If he goes it is a damning assessment of his character.”

Toby Wilding

“I think he will stay, provided he gets backing from those above.

“Bielsa has put so much into the club behind the scenes that it is hard to see him walking away so soon if he is given the support to build for next season.

“If however Leeds choose not to back him over the summer, he may start to feel he is wasting his time and walk away.”

George Brooks

“It’s a really difficult one to call.

“He may feel that he has taken this group of players as far as he can, but on the other hand, he may want to stay to try to achieve promotion next season.

“One thing is for sure though, Leeds should do everything they can to ensure he remains in charge next season, as he has been fantastic for them this campaign.”

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