Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has moved to offer a detailed update on the future of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.
The Argentine’s future at Elland Road is up in the air at present, with Leeds missing out on a place the Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Derby County on Wednesday night, in perhaps the most heartbreaking of ways.
They had initially led 2-0 on aggregate on the night, thanks to Stuart Dallas’ first half strike, but goals from Jack Marriott, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount secured a sensational 4-3 win on aggregate for Frank Lampard’s season.
This has now led to plenty of Leeds United fans questioning whether Bielsa will stay at Elland Road for another year, having put so much time and effort into making the club fight for a place in the Premier League.
Now, Hay has took to Twitter to reveal that Bielsa’s contract is effectively “three one-year deals”, and the ball is firmly in the Argentine’s court whether he wants to take the club up on a 12-month activation.
Bielsa’s contract is effectively three one-year deals with the club holding an option to extend each time. They won’t stand in his way if he wants to leave but they will put the ball in his court by offering to activate another 12 months:https://t.co/yZXRKfmbg2
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 16, 2019
It remains to be seen whether Bielsa will remain at the club beyond this season, having insisted that Wednesday night was not the right time to talk about his future, after such a disappointing loss.
After suffering heartbreak last night, I can’t see things getting any easier for Leeds over the next few weeks.
Losing Bielsa would be a huge blow, and the appointment of a new manager would incredibly massive shoes to fill.
I reckon that the club can keep him, but it is shaping up to be a nervy couple of weeks for Leeds to say the least.