Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has taken responsibility for the Whites’ failure to win promotion from the Championship this season.
After challenging for automatic promotion all campaign, the Whites missed out on a place in the top two to Sheffield United, after losing three of their final four matches.
After falling at the final hurdle in the automatic promotion race, Leeds had another chance in the play-offs and things looked to be going well when Stuart Dallas had put them 2-0 up on aggregate in the second leg of their semi-final with Derby last night.
However, Derby produced a magnificent comeback to reach the final and ensure that the Whites’ 15-year wait for a return to the Premier League goes on.
Bielsa spoke to the media after the thrilling semi-final at Elland Road last night and admitted that he feels responsible for his side’s failure to win promotion this season.
Bielsa laying the blame at his door again. "I have to say that we had the conditions to finish first or second (in the table) and all the conditions to be the best team in the play-offs. When you can’t reach something that was reachable, it always puts doubt on the head coach."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 15, 2019
Given everything the team have achieved this season, it is a massive disappointment for Leeds to miss out on promotion, but the progress the team have made under Bielsa should not be forgotten.
As the head coach, it is easy to understand why Bielsa feels that he is to blame for the failure, but the players have got to take some responsibility for this as well.