'He's no Klopp' - £280m Leeds value unaffected by Bielsa exit says finance guru
The £280million Leeds United valuation after the new San Francisco 49ers deal would not be affected by Marcelo Bielsa quitting this summer.
That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively as the Argentine manager nears the end of his contract.
Leeds have expanded their global reach with 49ers increasing their stake in to 37 per cent in a £50m deal valuing the club at up to £280m.
Bielsa has become a cult figure since his arrival in West Yorkshire in 2018, his side’s high-octane football winning plaudits worldwide.
But Maguire believes that Leeds’ global brand would not suffer if the 65-year-old was to quit Elland Road at the end of the campaign and the club would still be worth £280m.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I don’t think Leeds would be hit at all. They are trying to build up their fanbase and their commercial interest on a global basis.
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“He will be seen from a marketing perspective as quirky. Whereas, say, Pep, Klopp, Mourinho, they have the benefit of being able to speak English and being very charismatic from a marketing perspective.
“With Bielsa, you get intrigue because he is this little man sitting on a bucket and he is fascinating, but would you want him next to your product extolling its virtues? I don’t think it would be an easy fit from a marketing point of view.
“So if he did go, I don’t see any negatives from a commercial perspective. Clearly, from a footballing perspective, the fans and players would.”
Leeds are outstripping all expectations in the Premier League this season and Andrea Radrizzani has promised that he will hold talks with Bielsa at the end of the campaign.
His side are currently in 11th place, closer to the Champions League spots than relegation zone in terms of points on the board.