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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds are trying to get Marcelo Bielsa to sign a two-year deal as some pundits link the manager with a move to Tottenham.
He said that Bielsa has a huge role to play at Leeds and that he’d love to see him bring in Mauricio Pochettino as his successor when he does leave.
Alan Brazil said that Bielsa could bring back the glory days at Tottenham after the London club sacked Jose Mourinho. [talkSPORT, 06:00, 22/04/21]
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said of the links to Tottenham, “This is a really difficult one for me because it’s two clubs really close to my heart.
“I can’t decide who I want to win when the two teams play each other.
“But I have a huge amount of respect for Bielsa and what a good manager he is.
“I know Leeds are trying to sign him on a two-year deal and they need to do that as quickly as possible.
“After that, they need a contingency plan where he’s involved in finding his successor.
“He’s got a huge role to play at Leeds and from their point of view it’s hugely important that he stays for however many years he wants to be there.
“When he does leave another manager will come in and no one works like Bielsa. He’s a unique man. To find someone else like him would be almost impossible.
“I think they should go for [Mauricio] Pochettino. Let him win some trophies at PSG and then in a couple of years bring him to Leeds.
“For Tottenham, though, Bielsa would be an absolutely fantastic appointment.”
Bielsa into Pochettino?
We don’t even want to think about Bielsa leaving Leeds but Pochettino is one of the names that would excite us as a successor.
A two-year deal would be unusual for Bielsa but it would take away a lot of the uncertainty and give Leeds a real platform to build on in the Premier League.
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