Wednesday night at Elland Road didn’t go how anyone had planned as Leeds United welcomed Derby County to home soil for the second leg of our Championship Play-Off Semi-Final.
With a narrow 1-0 advantage from the first leg at Pride Park, manager Marcelo Bielsa saw his side dominate in our usual fashion, but despite creating plenty of chances in the game, putting the ball in the back of the net was our Achilles heel once again and Derby took full advantage to book their place at Wembley with a 4-3 aggregate win.
With plenty of speculation all season long about his potential future at the club given the makeup of his contract, it has already been clarified that failure to get promoted simply gave Leeds the opportunity not to option the second year if they wanted, but I can’t for a moment think Andrea Radrizzani wouldn’t want him to stay as it’s been great year, despite the massive disappointment.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, Bielsa was clearly downbeat and apologetic, but he certainly wouldn’t rule out remaining with us and building on this years improvement.
“If the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal. It’s a painful situation and we’re all disappointed. “What they (the players) have offered to the club during this season will be valued with time. The fact that we couldn’t reach goals that were so close leaves a feeling of disappointment, but you can have another perspective about it.”
Given his generic manner around the club and his comments about us, added to the fact that the training ground is apparently set for more tweaks at his behest, I’d imagine he’s relishing the opportunity to build on this year as we all know how injuries have counted against us here.