After missing out on promotion to the Premier League in perhaps the cruelest way possible, Marcelo Bielsa’s future at Elland Road is up in the air.
The Whites had led Derby County by two goals to nil on Wednesday night thanks to Stuart Dallas’ first half strike, but an electrifying second half performance from the Rams secured a breathtaking 4-3 win on aggregate for Frank Lampard’s side.
Questions are now being asked about Bielsa’s future with the Yorkshire club, and whether he will want to put in the same time and effort to take Leeds up again next season.
To offer clarification, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has offered a detailed update on Bielsa’s future at Elland Road, revealing that he has “three one-year deals” in his contract with the club, and the ball is firmly in his court on whether he wants to activate a 12-month extension clause.
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 is shaping up to be a nervy week or so for Leeds fans, as they wait to see whether Bielsa will stay on at Elland Road for at least another year.
Here, we take a look at Leeds fans’ reactions to this latest update…
If there was a God, he would stay at Leeds. As in, he is God and he should stay at Leeds. No figure of speech going on here. Phil, for the 15th time in 2 weeks, do you think he will be here?
— – (@elyouefsey) May 16, 2019
Please stay God.
— Micky P Kerr (@MickyPKerr) May 16, 2019
He needs to go after last night. It was all his fault
— Grahame Storm (@GStorm69) May 16, 2019
— Si (@LeedsInShetland) May 16, 2019
Bielsa must stay.
— Roar Gustavsen (@roagust3) May 16, 2019
Next season starts now. Board needs to be in a meeting room today organising a clear plan of how we go up.
This week would be a good week to pick us all up & announce bielsa is staying.
— Tony LUFC (@Tonylufc28) May 16, 2019
Needs backing with players he wants.
— RichieRich (@AMitherer) May 16, 2019
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If he stays they need to back him! Imagine what he could do with some real quality
— lufcmat (@Mathew1982) May 16, 2019