By Noel Whelan

24th Jun, 2022 | 10:46am

Leeds United employee issues 'big' Marcelo Bielsa claim after update on his future

Noel Whelan has backed ex-Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to be a success at Athletic Bilbao if he becomes their new manager.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites striker and club ambassador insisted everyone associated with Leeds wishes Bielsa the best.

The 66-year-old has been out of work since he was replaced by Jesse Marsch at Elland Road at the end of February.

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday (23 June) that Athletic Bilbao are holding presidential elections on Friday (24 June) and if Inaki Arechabaleta wins the vote he will bring Bielsa back to the club.

“I think if you ask any Leeds United supporter or anybody associated with the club, and that includes Mr Radriazzni, they only want the best for Marcelo,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Whatever country that is in, whatever role that he plays, whatever football club, the man deserves a huge amount of respect for what he’s done in the game and what he did at the club.

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“I think we all just hope he gets back into the game because he’s such a great character, such a fantastic coach and manager that I think the game suffers without him.

“Whether that’s Spanish football, I think he would be a great fit with his knowledge and experience of the game and how he goes about playing the game.

“I’m sure he’s learned a lot from his time at Leeds United. La Liga is obviously a different style of play but at the same time, his style of play was so exciting to watch that it will be mouth-watering for the Athletic Bilbao fans to have a manager like Marcelo Bielsa at the club.

“There are not enough characters like him in the game. Yes, he’s eccentric but you can’t take away that knowledge that he has of the game and the respect he has from coaches and managers around the world.”

In other news, an ex-Premier League referee has issued a game-changing claim as the authorities respond to a Leeds United plea.