By Mark Smith

5th Nov, 2021 | 7:10am

Leeds set for major transition when Marcelo Bielsa leaves - Phil Hay

Phil Hay has insisted that Leeds United will be set for a major transition when Marcelo Bielsa decides to leave Elland Road.

El Loco works on one-year rolling contracts, and the end could come in any summer for him in West Yorkshire.

Some believe it may happen next year, with Hay believing that a new coach coming in could demand a bigger squad and even some current players exiled.

Writing in the comments section of his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay

“Whenever Bielsa goes, the transition was always bound to be major,” he wrote.

“Other coaches would want a bigger squad. Other coaches won’t want some of the players he depends on. It’s the natural flow of things but it will require a huge amount of work and planning.”


Whoever comes in, it is going to be a real culture shock for everyone.

Bielsa has transformed everything at Elland Road, from the squad, the training ground, to the attitude of everyone involved.

A new manager will have to be very thankful of what he has been left, and the only thing he may need to change is the squad to his liking.

Looking at the squad, there a handful of players who are at the wrong end of their career and could be soon coming to an end.

The likes of Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas all fit into that category, although we are in no way suggesting that will come soon – they all still have plenty to give.

As does Bielsa, who we hope stick around for many more seasons yet and can deliver European football for everyone – if anyone can, it would be him.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has dropped a huge transfer claim on one Whites star with an imminent exit on the cards