Paul Heckingbottom’s position at Leeds United is becoming more and more uncertain, with Marcelo Bielsa the latest man to be linked with the Elland Road job.
Leeds finished 13th under Heckingbottom last season, failing to mount the promotion push many at Elland Road were expecting.
According to reports from El Correo, Bielsa has emerged as a contender to replace Heckingbottom at Elland Road, with a suggestion that negotiations between the 62-year-old and Championship club are already open.
Bielsa has managed the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and Lille in recent years, and earlier in his career took charge of both Argentina and Chile on the national stage.
Links between Leeds and Bielsa have also been backed up by Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post, with the respected journalist confirming the 62-year-old’s name has been mentioned to him.
Away this week but two different people in the past fortnight have mentioned Bielsa to me as an option for Leeds:https://t.co/d2ZarQ4PcR
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 31, 2018
As expected, there has been plenty of reaction to the links between Leeds and Bielsa across social media.
Here is what Leeds’ supporters were saying about the possibility of the 62-year-old taking over…
Now this is seriously exciting! Now you are talking @andrearadri !
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) May 31, 2018
Wow! This would be similar to Rafa Benitez managed Newcastle in this Division, someone that you’d think wouldn’t touch Championship. Massive massive coup! Apparently they said his press conferences would go on for 4 hours sometimes… get the popcorn out. Is this even possible?
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) May 31, 2018
Please please please
— Martyn Jones (@JonesMartyn) May 31, 2018
Best Manager we've ever had if that comes to pass. Would be like a Ferrari using Skoda parts with our squad mind you
— A Coach Abroad (@WHUAICoachMG) May 31, 2018
Would be a quality appointment
— Gary Greenall (@gary_greenall) May 31, 2018
Inevitably this is creating a "who is he? Never heard of him" reaction.
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) May 31, 2018
— Nick Mortimer (@Morts_7) May 31, 2018
I’ve been following Marcelo Bielsa’s career for several minutes now and can confirm I’ve just remortgaged the house and whacked it all on us to win the title next year. #lufc
— Batesy (@BatesyLufc) June 1, 2018