By Adefunmiloye Alani

6th Oct, 2021 | 9:10pm

Leeds United Super Fans react to reports Martinez could potentially replace Bielsa

This is part of a regular series from our panel of Leeds United Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our
Leeds Insider Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road…


The Athletic reported earlier this week that Diego Martinez could be in the running for the Leeds United job next summer if Marcelo Bielsa leaves.

The former Granada boss, 40, has links with Whites director of football Victor Orta and is keen to work in the Premier League.

Martinez has spent time in the UK working on his English and watching Premier League football, and he was linked with the Watford job before Claudio Ranieri got appointed.

Bielsa has always signed one-year deals since joining Leeds, and nobody knows what his plans are ahead of next summer.

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We asked our esteemed panel of MOT Super Fans this week if they would be keen to see Martinez replace the 66-year-old Argentine or if they have someone else in mind.

Here is what they said.

Getting someone to replace Bielsa will be a tough task for Orta as he cannot afford to get such a decision wrong.

Leeds fans worship Bielsa and will love to have him at Elland Road forever if it were possible.

Anyone succeeding the Argentine needs to be capable of delivering instantly and playing some attractive football.

While he is not particularly famous outside of Spain, Martinez fits the bill and has acquired a handful of experience on the touchline despite his age.

The former Osasuna boss helped Granada to La Liga promotion before his exit this summer, and he has something similar with Bielsa in that regard.

Having being a manager for 15 years, taking charge of the likes of Arenas Armilla, Motril, Sevilla C and Sevilla B, Martinez definitely knows one of two things about being a head coach despite not working at any big club.

Leeds ideally would want someone capable of taking them to the next level if Bielsa walks next season.

The Whites want to be challenging for the top-six and major silverware soon, and whether Martinez can deliver the goods managing such a huge club remains to be seen.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared the generous promise Bielsa made to Whites players if they won v Watford.