Leeds United have managed to reach a verbal agreement with Argentinian boss Marcelo Bielsa to become their next manager, according to a reliable journalist.
Cesar Luis Merlo, who works for Argentine news outlet TyC Sports, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the only obstacle still to overcome is the 62-year-old’s work permit.
The Whites have wasted no time in finding a successor to Paul Heckingbottom after his dismissal on Friday and are closing in on a high-profile replacement.
Amplío lo de Bielsa: ya tiene acuerdo de palabra con Leeds, la autorización de la FA para dirigir y lo único que resta es que Inglaterra le dé el permiso de trabajo. https://t.co/ApcnejEA8Y
— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) June 1, 2018
Heckingbottom lasted just four months at Elland Road and supporters will hope his successor can finally get the Yorkshire giants out of the Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
Bielsa to Leeds is seeming ever more likely by the minute and they could be on the cusp of a special appointment, which is why owner Andrea Radrizzani deserves a lot of credit if he pulls it off. He is a well respected figure in the game and could be in line for his first taste of English football. The manager has been out of work since departing Lille in 2017, but his impressive CV also includes stints at the likes of Lazio, Marseille, Athletic Bilbao. He also enjoyed spells at the national teams of Argentina and Chile, meaning his contact book must surely be a useful one. Leeds fans have seen their fair share of managers come in and out of the doors in recent years, which is why they are begging for the new man to be the chosen one to finally secure promotion back to the Premier League.
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