By George Overhill

25th Feb, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United concerned at prospect of losing Marcelo Bielsa now

The Leeds United players are in good spirits but would be lost if the club decided to part company with Marcelo Bielsa now according to the Daily Mail.

A brutal run of results have seen the Whites pick up a lone point in four games while conceding 16 goals and has dumped them right into the relegation conversation, as they sit just three points above 18th-placed Burnley.

But despite this the dressing room has reportedly not lost confidence and would not relish a change in coach due to how much their playing identity is connected to the Argentine.

Ian Herbert writes in the Daily Mail: “Within the Leeds dressing room – where spirits are thought to remain strong, despite an avalanche of 13 goals conceded in four games – there is nervousness as to how Leeds could possibly find a new way to play for the last 13 games of the season without him, when this squad have known nothing else for the last four years. 

“The entire footballing ethos is built around Bielsa.”

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It is no surprise that this squad is not in favour of a change at this point.

The club has become synonymous with the 66-year-old since he took over and changed the culture at Elland Road.

The upheaval of changing a manager mid-season is significant for any club but for United it would be a bigger wrench than for the vast majority.

It seems fanciful to think that Andrea Radrizzani would panic now and pull the trigger on a change as the players would feel lost at a crucial time.

What is surprising is that the awful nature of the recent results have not knocked their confidence already.

This is probably testament to the faith they hold in their manager and will undoubtedly be a comfort to the fans.

The nature of how the side collapsed at Anfield this week, conceding six off the back of shipping four in a draining defeat to Manchester United, raised fears that their confidence was shot.

But while they are still mentally up to the challenge there is still strong hope that Premier League football can be preserved for next season.

The manager has to make some changes quickly though as, for all the success he has brought the club, his unwillingness to alter things have left his players open to repeated thrashings.

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested he could take on the manager’s job at Elland Road.