By Noel Whelan

17th Mar, 2021 | 10:00am

Whelan: Bielsa won't accept severance pay amid Leeds future confession

Marcelo Bielsa will not accept a payout from Leeds United when the time comes for him to leave the club.

That is according to ex-Leeds player and lifelong fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Argentine’s 1000th day in charge at Elland Road.

Quoted in The Athletic, Bielsa told his press conference on Thursday: “I always think that I’m going to stay forever in all the jobs that I take and I go from day to day thinking I’m going to be here the rest of my life.

“At the same time, it’s a profession that usually has interruptions. it is far more common that a manager is fired than he stays in the same place for a long time.”

Bielsa has been with Leeds for 21 months, longer than he has spent with any other club in his managerial career.

Whelan claims part of the reason the 65-year-old negotiates his contract on a year-by-year basis is that he would never accept severance pay from the club.

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“People question if he’ll be there because he’s not signed a contract,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“But the man’s got that much integrity and is that humble about his job and the club and what he can bring, he’s never gonna change his ways.

“He’s always going to sign a year-to-year contract because that’s just the way he likes to work. He doesn’t want to cheat the club and he’ll always know in his heart if he’s taken a club as far as he can.

“He won’t accept any payout from the club and it will be on his terms when he leaves. The chairman and the board know that.

“But right now, you can only be happy with what you’ve got in Bielsa and the way Leeds United are progressing.

“The fact that we’ve got the kind of manager who can attract a high calibre of player is great. You want to work under managers like that. You learn so much and become better players for it.”

Bielsa has won admirers, not just in West Yorkshire, but across the world this season.

His high-octane style has taken Leeds to 12th in the Premier League while fellow promotees West Brom and Fulham are floundering towards the bottom of the table.

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