Leeds “is preparing and analyzing options” for Marcelo Bielsa’s exit when the contract expires this summer, “but would be happy” if the Argentine boss stays, says chairman Andrea Radrizzani
- Marcelo Bielsa is incredibly popular in Leeds but usually prefers short projects
- His contract expires in the summer and there are doubts about the next step
- Chairman Andrea Radrizzani wants him to stay but is preparing for the event he leaves
Leeds are preparing for Marcelo Bielsa to leave in the summer, despite the manager being said to remain in charge.
Doubts remain about the Argentine’s future at the club, whose contract expires at the end of this season.
Chairman Andrea Radrizzani is keen for the eccentric boss to stay, but announced that the club is already making plans should Bielsa decide to leave Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds contract expires this summer and doubts remain about his future
The 65-year-old’s two and a half year assignment is his longest tenure as a manager.
Radrizzani told CBS Sports: ‘Marcelo knows we are happy with him.
“If he stays, we look forward to continuing. If the group is happy with him, then I am happy too and we should move on.
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“So it’s up to him. We’re waiting for his decision, but in any case, Victor and I have already analyzed the options and what to do if Marcelo doesn’t want to be with us.
‘We hope he continues, but in any case we are preparing the club. [But] I think this team isn’t finished yet. [and] Marcelo too.
‘You have to come and enjoy Elland Road with the fans in the Premier League. It’s what he deserves as a manager and it’s a unique experience. ‘
The manager has earned a lot of praise for the offensive football his team plays in Leeds
Bielsea won a lot of praise in his first season as Leeds boss and narrowly missed the promotion he then scored in his season.
It’s been a memorable first season in the top division and the club have impressed with their attacking football brand, despite occasionally being on the wrong side of severe defeat.
Leeds are currently in 12th place on the table, 10 points ahead of the relegation zone.