By Pranav Shahaney

31st May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Leeds United must bring Gaetano Berardi back to Elland Road amid recent coaching admission

Leeds United must roll back the years and bring Gaetano Berardi back to the club – the man who was pivotal in their recent promotion push.

On 31 May, Berardi announced on Instagram that he’s calling it a day from the game and hanging him his playing boots for good.

After seven years at Elland Road, he moved back to his native Switzerland and has decided after two years of professional football there that it is time for him to retire.

In an interview in April, he thanked Marcelo Bielsa for being the inspiration for him to turn to a coaching career once he calls it a day.

Bielsa was the former Switzerland international’s manager in the Championship and utilised him regularly en route to promotion to the Premier League.

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Donnohue shared those quotes from last month and joked about him potentially returning to Elland Road.

He wrote on Twitter, quoting Berard, ” ‘I made the decision to be a coach some time ago thanks to Bielsa, he was fundamental for this choice.’

“Gaetano Berardi expressed his desire to move into coaching during an interview last month. I know a club who might be in need of some coaching staff this summer.”

Having him in the dressing room will be a welcome boost for the players and it’ll be crucial for the youngsters in a Championship season.

He can talk them through the challenges he went through as it was six years of being not good enough before Bielsa came in and raised the bar.

Berardi may not have that sort of impact but it’s always nice to bring in people who’ve been ex players and only recently stepped out of the game.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that an international player at Elland Road has no place at the club next season and a summer transfer is on the cards.