Marcelo Bielsa would not be making a significant step up if he left Leeds United to join Tottenham.
That’s according to former Whites stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Jamie O’Hara tipped Bielsa for the Tottenham job.
Last week, O’Hara said on TalkSPORT, “I know he [Bielsa] hasn’t obviously got a new contract yet at Leeds, he hasn’t signed something. If you can try and prise him away from there, that would be an unbelievable move for Spurs.”
🇦🇷 “Bielsa would be absolutely brilliant, I think the fans would love it.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 22, 2021
Tottenham are currently without a permanent manager after they sacked Jose Mourinho last week with Ryan Mason named as interim boss until the end of the season.
Mason won against Southampton in his first game in charge but lost in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday as Manchester City dominated proceedings.
Kenny claims that while Tottenham is a ‘massive’ club, Leeds are in the same bracket and he doesn’t see why Bielsa would jump ship.
“I’d like to think that if Bielsa has said he’ll sign a new contract then he will and he’ll stay at Leeds,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Tottenham is a massive club but it’s all about loyalty, a lot of people would jump at that chance so it will be interesting to see how that pans out.
“But if Bielsa can carry on what he’s doing at and keep them up like he is doing, Leeds is also one of the biggest clubs in the country.”
Bielsa, 65, only signed a one-year contract extension during the summer as he is famously reluctant to commit to long-term deals.
He has now spent more time at Leeds than any other club during his long career and has become an Elland Road icon in the eyes of many fans.