Leeds United have an option to retain Marcelo Bielsa as manager next season if the club fail to get promoted, according to Phil Hay.
Writing in a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post, the correspondent explained that the two-year contract signed by the Argentine when he took over last summer includes a clause allowing the club to keep hold of him for a second year although it would depend on whether “Bielsa feels he has another Championship year in him”.
Hay explained the agreement automatically locks Bielsa in for another 12 months if Leeds get promoted this season.
Football Insider verdict:
As Hay’s reveal makes clear, Leeds’ hopes of holding on to the immensely popular Bielsa for a second campaign is very much in the balance. Much, of course, depends upon the club reviving their promotion pursuit that has been massively dented by the events of the Bank Holiday weekend. Consecutive defeats to Wigan Athletic and Brentford have all but condemned Leeds to the play-offs, where they have never won in four attempts, and left the players and fans absolutely devastated. Bielsa himself has given little away, but made it clear he will sit down with the club hierarchy to discuss his future if Leeds miss out on a return to the promised land. He is someone who gives an enormous amount to his job and his work. Would he have the energy to oversee another marathon Championship campaign at a club where even the ownership is in doubt if Leeds miss out on the holy grail?
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