Leeds face a win or bust scenario with Marcelo Bielsa, as former Whites defender Danny Mills fears the Argentine will walk away if we cannot secure promotion this season, as reported by talkSPORT.
After our slight blip at the start of the year, we were able to return to the top of the table on Tuesday, albeit for a day as Norwich moved back into first place on Wednesday.
The drop in performance, though, raised concerns that the squad had begun to suffer from Bielsa’s famed burnout problems, and expectations of securing promotion have since been kept well and truly in check.
A return to the Premier League, however, is still considered a must if we are to retain the boss’ services next season, as once again the suggestion that he will walk away from Elland Road without it have returned.
This time it is Mills who has joined the growing list of individuals speculating the manager’s future lies elsewhere without top-flight football, and he fired some stark criticism at Bielsa when he spoke to talkSPORT.
“What he’s done is incredible, because it’s the same group of players [as last season],” Mills said.
“He’s hardly invested anything, he didn’t want anyone in the [January] window – his theory being, by the time they get up to speed with how he wants to play you’re going to be six, eight weeks post window and it won’t be worth the financial risk.
“The owners have gone, ‘oh, this is good isn’t it’.
“The issue is he works them incredibly hard, and a lot of his teams in the past have had a burnout factor.
“Whatever happens this season, if they don’t get up, I fear either he’ll be poached or he’ll go: ‘Okay, I tried and it didn’t quite work’.”