Marcelo Bielsa could walk away from Leeds United according to odds

Marcelo Bielsa could walk away from Leeds United according to odds

Could Marcelo Bielsa be set to leave Leeds United this summer?

The dust is still yet to really settle after Leeds United failed to gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, but bookmakers are already contemplating the future of manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Paddy Power are offering odds on whether or not the former Marseille, Athletic Bilbao and Lazio manager will remain at Elland Road for the 2019/20 season. And it doesn’t make the best reading for fans of the Whites with the odds currently at 4/6 for him to leave the club.

It has been an interesting first season in English football for the 63-year-old to say the least. First and foremost he has done an outstanding job with Leeds, turning them from a team that finished in 13th place last season into genuine promotion contenders.

He has worked with the vast majority of the squad which finished the 2017/18 campaign so poorly and quite simply has made them better players. The likes of Kalvin Phillips, Kemar Roofe and Mateusz Klich have all significantly improved under the Argentine’s tutelage. In turn, they have been in the top three of the Championship table for the majority of the season and even spent over 100 days at the top of the tree before ultimately losing to Derby County in the play-offs.

There has also been controversy too, most notably the now infamous ‘Spygate’ sage. Leeds were caught sending a member of their staff to spy on Derby County training sessions ahead of their match in January, and ultimately fined £200,000 for it (which Bielsa himself paid by choice).

To lose a manager of such high calibre and who has proven himself to be an excellent coach would be a huge blow, but there are signs that he could be on his way. He recently said that he believed that he had got absolutely everything out of his players and that they could not replicate what they have done this season next year.

If that is the case and he does not think that they can do as well again, he may well walk away from the club. He is also thought to be concerned about the clubs transfer and salary budgets, which could sway his decision to leave.

There are also financial implications that could come into play. In total Bielsa and his coaching staff cost Leeds £6 million this season, which had they been promoted was sustainable but will prove to be very difficult using Championship revenue.

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Leeds United’s play-off defeat to Derby could make it difficult for Leeds United to keep hold of Marcelo Bielsa.

 Could Bielsa be tempted to staying at Elland Road?

Whilst the odds suggest he will leave, there is still a possibility that Bielsa could remain in charge of Leeds for another season.

Indeed he has not said that he wants to leave, and even told the media after their defeat to Derby that he would “listen to proposals” from the club if they offer him the opportunity to carry on.

This is still a huge club, one of English football’s sleeping giants, and the opportunity to get them back to where many people believe they belong is a mouthwatering one for managers. He has reawakened Leeds and as well as the chance to guide them to promotion, the opportunity to further develop some of the clubs emerging talents will also surely tempt him to remain in West Yorkshire.

They have been priced up as one of the favourites for promotion again next season and having become so emotionally attached with the club and his players, could he be tempted to stay on for one more year and give promotion to the Premier League another crack?

If you believe that Bielsa will stay and give it one more try at Leeds, you can get odds of 11/10 with Paddy Power.