Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has said that he’s “100 per cent certain” that Leeds United sporting director Victor Orta has a list of potential replacements” for Marcelo Bielsa. 

He was asked by a Leeds fan specifically about the potential of Leeds approaching Mauricio Pochettino for the job.

He said, “I’m 100 per cent certain Victor Orta has a list of potential replacements and I’m certain the ownership would be aware of the list’s contents.

“Poch would be expensive but I can see why you’d ask about him specifically. It all comes down to timing and availability, ultimately.”

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Poch the successor?

Andrea Radrizzani was asked about the long-term future of Marcelo Bielsa in an interview earlier this week.

He said that he hoped the manager would be at Leeds for a “long time” but said that his contract was decided year-to-year because of Bielsa’s age and situation.

While he’s holed up in Leeds planning his tactics, his family is back in Argentina.

We’re sure that Bielsa has got a timeframe in mind to stay in Leeds and he certainly seems happy enough at the moment.

He seems to be relishing his time in the Premier League with Leeds and there’s nothing to suggest that he’s away anytime soon.

However, him, Orta and Radrizzani will know that the time will come eventually to look for a successor and after Poch was on Monday Night Football to talk about the Leeds/Leciester game, plenty of fans were talking about what a brilliant successor he would be.

The two managers go way back and the former Spurs manager is a big fan of Bielsa and how he plays football.

Pochettino hinted that he was ready to get back into managing after a long break following his Tottenham departure.

A few years at another club building up to taking over at Leeds might be just the ticket.

We certainly can’t think of anyone better to take over the mantle at Elland Road.

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