Date: 22nd April 2019 at 7:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has expressed his fears that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and manager Marcelo Bielsa will quit the club this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker and lifelong supporter raised the unpalatable prospect of the senior pair sevening their ties if the club miss out on promotion.

Leeds’ automatic promotion hopes are lying in the balance after the shock Good Friday defeat to Wigan Athletic and they have slipped to third in the Championship table with three matches remaining.

Radrizzani took over as sole owner of the Yorkshire giants in May 2017 but has spoken frequently of how Championship clubs are loss-making businesses, while Bielsa has admitted his future will be discussed at the end of the campaign.

Asked about the prospect of Leeds losing the immensely popular Argentine, Whelan said: “That’s a great question. I think if we don’t get promoted this season there is a very good chance we will lose Marcelo Bielsa. In my mind there’s a good chance that the chairman possibly won’t stay at the club as well, so there could be a lot of changes next year if we don’t hit the heights of the Premier League.

“It’s a great opportunity, we have it in our hands at the minute. I hope it does happen, I hope we do keep Marcelo Bielsa, I hope we do get to that promised land once again because it’s been a long time since Leeds United have played in the Premier League.

“There’s a lot of football to be played, there’s some great teams in the play off positions right now, loads of teams getting momentum right now, like Aston Villa.”

Leeds are next in action on Bank Holiday Monday, when they travel to London to face mid-table Brentford, who are in 15th position.

United have 82 points from 43 matches, the same as second-placed Sheffield United, who have a superior goal difference of six.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on signing two Liverpool players who have dazzled this season.