Marcelo Bielsa, also known as El Loco, took over Leeds United on the 15th Of June 2018. Since then he has guided Leeds United to their best ever second division season since Howard Wilkinson did in the 1989/90 season! In his time at Leeds United he has won the Manager of the Month award for the month of August after only been at the club just over 2 months, he has also transformed the team to play some of the best football seen at Elland Road in years. Bielsa has made it no lie that he loves the club he’s in charge of and wants to be successful at the whites. It’s safe to say that this season Bielsa has been in the lime light many times. His first controversial moment came when one of his staff was caught spying on the Derby County training ground before the Rams visited Elland Road, however, Bielsa was quick to react to this as he called a press conference the day after to explain his actions proving critics wrong and showing the Football League that he hasn’t broke any rules. Bielsa on the other hand hasn’t always been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. For example, on Sunday the 5th Of April he ordered his team to give a goal back to Aston Villa after Leeds chose not to kick the ball out when a Villa player was down injured. When questioned about promotion to the Premier League Bielsa said “It’s a big hope that we have. And this hope becomes bigger and bigger after playing games, especially when you see how the fans are hoping to reach the goal.” However after such a successful season Bielsa’s future still seems in jeopardy.
If Bielsa did decide his time was up at Elland Road then the big question on everyone’s lips would be, who would be the man to replace him? Well strong rumours have been circulating and suggest that the Under 23’s coach Carlos Corberán will take up the hot seat after a highly successful season with the development side. Leeds United Under 23’s have played some fantastic football this year similar to Bielsa’s style and will soon be in the play-off final of the PDL National League.
When asked, Bielsa refused to speak about his future however the club have made it clear they are very confident in keeping Bielsa at Elland Road next season. Not only do you have to look at Bielsa staying, but also if he does leave there is a huge question as to where he will go if he decides to leave. It’s safe to say that there would be no shortage of offers for a man who has been in charge of 2 international sides (Argentina and Chile) plus numerous top clubs in Europe, including Marseille and Lazio. Many teams will be looking for a manager at the end of this season which may include Leeds’ bitter rivals Manchester United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves the club, will Bielsa be the man for the Red Devils? Overall the whole of Leeds United from the fans to the board would want nothing better than Marcelo Bielsa to stay at Elland Road not just for next season but for many seasons to come. Also if ‘El Loco’ manages to gain promotion through the play-off this season, he’s sure to be named a local hero.
Written By, Thomas Roche.