Paul Robinson: Leeds must insert unusual clause in new Bielsa contract

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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds must insert a clause in Marcelo Bielsa’s contract that gives him a huge say in who his successor is when he finally leaves.

He added that Leeds should try and pin him down to as long a deal as possible but that it would be difficult to find someone who could carry on his incredible work at the club.

He said that could be one of his proteges or even a big name like Mauricio Pochettino.

Andrea Radrizzani said last week that Bielsa would make an announcement over his future at the end of the season. (La Repubblica – h/t Sport Witness)

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I do think that Marcelo Bielsa will stay for at least another season, I’ve got no doubt about that.

“But he will leave at some point and I think it’s vitally important that he has a say in his successor, whoever that is and whenever that may be.

“Bielsa works in a very different way to everyone else and I think he should have a huge say over who comes in next, whether it’s one of his proteges or someone like Mauricio Pochettino.

“I think Bielsa works in such a different way it will be a big upheaval for Leeds when it does happen.

“Leeds should try and tie him down to a contract that’s as long as possible and with a clause in it that says he has a big say in who his successor is.”

No Leeds fan wants to think about the possibility of Bielsa leaving at the moment – it’s impossible to think of the club without him.

However, we think he has a project and a set amount of time in mind and, esepcially with his family in Argentina, he won’t stay forever.

Poch is a name that we’d definitely welcome as a possible successor but Bielsa might have to lead us to the Champions League first.

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