By Craig Scott

24th Feb, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United consider Paulo Fonseca as Marcelo Bielsa situation gets complicated after heavy defeat

Marcelo Bielsa’s position as Leeds United manager is now “complicated” after their 6-0 defeat at Liverpool, according to Gianluigi Longari.

Writing via his personal Twitter account after the game at Anfield on Wednesday night [23 February], the Sport Italia journalist reported that the Whites are evaluating managers to replace Bielsa and one of them is Paulo Fonseca.

Fonseca, 48, has been out of work since leaving Roma at the end of last season.

Victor Orta’s long list

Fonseca is now the fourth name we’ve seen linked with potentially taking over at Leeds if Bielsa leaves at some point this year.

Jesse Marsch has been talked about the most while The Telegraph also reported earlier this month [10 February] that Ernesto Valverde and Carlos Corberan are also under consideration at Elland Road.

Fonseca is definitely an interesting name but there are some big red flags in the fact that he was interviewed by both Tottenham and Newcastle [Daily Mail] without being hired while he was also linked with Aston Villa before they turned to Steven Gerrard [Daily Record].

He’s failed to find himself a new job since quitting Roma last year despite a rather decent spell in charge at the Italian capital.

Previous to that, he’s been around the block a bit, managing the likes of Porto, Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk, Pacos Ferreira and Aves.

However, the Portuguese is a fairly young-ish manager who might have some good ideas and might also be able to link up well with Victor Orta in trying to sign new players from the continent.

Bielsa’s future is going to be talked about no matter what between now and the end of the season because it sure does look as though he’ll go at some point.

We could do worse than Fonseca.

In other Leeds United news, Bielsa has shared his thoughts on an attacker’s injury after a journalist shared his concern at Anfield.