Leeds United fans won’t be unaware that the media rumour mill has long speculated that manager and genius Marcelo Bielsa might not be at Elland Road next season unless we secure promotion to the Premier League.
Bielsa himself has clarified his own thoughts largely, simply stated that he has a two year deal and now is not the time to talk about the future as we have to focus on the season in hand, and even his brother has chipped in to state that Bielsa doesn’t have a break clause after 12 months, the second year of the deal becomes obligatory on promotion, but failure to win promotion means it’s club choice.
Ahead of Saturday’s Play-Off Semi-Final first leg victory over Derby County, owner Andrea Radrizzani piped up on the subject and in an interview with the Times quote him as saying that Bielsa has already started planning for next year at the club, so he doesn’t see what the fuss is about.
“Every time I’ve spoken to Marcelo he has expressed his intention to continue with the job, whatever happens. He has already started working on next season, improving the facilities and integrating players from our under-23 squad. All the signs are that he wants to continue. The club have an option for another year of contract which we intend to take up, but in every relationship you need desire from both parties. The desire is there and at the right moment we will finalise things.”
“Marcelo is a very meticulous man. Just a few weeks ago he told me that this year he has never been to Leeds, apart from to the stadium, because he hasn’t had the time. And Leeds is only 20 minutes from where he lives. He has a room at the training ground, where he sometimes sleeps, and another residence nearby. That shows his level of commitment. We’ve sometimes had conversations about religion and faith, but he prefers to talk about football and Leeds United.”