By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

23rd Nov, 2020 | 2:20pm

'Dream transition' – Exclusive: Pundit names 48y/o as 'perfect Leeds manager' after Bielsa

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that he thinks Mauricio Pochettino, 48, would be the “perfect Leeds manager” if Marcelo Bielsa left. 

However, he doesn’t want that to happen anytime soon and wants Bielsa to stay at Leeds for as long as possible.

Pochettino has been out of the game since being sacked by Tottenham a year ago.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I don’t want anyone to succeed Bielsa, I just want Bielsa to stay at Leeds as long as possible.

“We know he only signs one-year deals and speculation with other managers is always going to be there.

“But, the hope is that he will sign another one-year deal. And then another one.

“The ideal for me, eventually, would be to see the apprentice coming in and taking over from the master as the manager, that would be Pochettino for me.

“We all know Pochettino’s views on Bielsa. Poch eventually replacing Bielsa… he would be the perfect Leeds manager for me, it would be a dream transition.

“But talk of Bielsa’ future is always hypothetical. There will always be speculation but I don’t want to link anyone to the job when he’s still there.

“But, down the line, at the level he is, Poch would be the ideal replacement… but no time soon, please.”

Like Robinson, we don’t want Bielsa to leave. But, when he does – and, at 65 and with his family in Argentina, he won’t be here forever – Pochettino would be a fantastic replacement.

He plays the same way as Bielsa and shares the same footballing philosophy.

He’s free now, though, and might not be when Leeds look to him further down the line.

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