By Craig Scott

17th Feb, 2022 | 11:10am

Marcelo Bielsa: Pundit shares what he's heard about Leeds United manager future

Leeds United have not yet offered Marcelo Bielsa a new deal but the manager would be open to stay on another season, according to Carlton Palmer.

Bielsa has famously only agreed to sign one-year contracts at a time at Elland Road and while there have been no real fears of him leaving in the last few years, there are doubts starting to rise as of late.

The Telegraph reported on 10 February that Leeds are considering who they could turn to in the event of Bielsa leaving at the end of the season.

It is understood that Leeds want Bielsa to stay and, according to ex-Leeds ace Palmer, the Argentine is also happy to stay on at Elland Road depending on what kind of financial backing he’s given in the summer transfer window.

“Bielsa has made it quite clear. He said that he is very happy living in England, his family’s very happy living in England, and if the club made him a new offer, then he would consider it very carefully,” Palmer told GiveMeSport.

“So, as I understand it, the club haven’t made him an offer yet, and he said he will consider it. So again, when you when you hear that, reading between the lines, it’s whether they can give him the type of money that he needs to take the club forward.”

Should he stay or go?

One thing has always bugged us about Bielsa deciding to only sign a one-year contract at a time and that’s that the club doesn’t seem to have much control in this situation.

Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta did brilliantly to hire Bielsa. All you need to do is look at where we are now and compare us to where we were to see how good a move that was.

Radrizzani and Orta will always be heroes at Elland Road for hiring Bielsa and the work they’ve done since their arrivals. But it feels like we’re at a point now where the manager holds all the cards and the board are just being left waiting and waiting for him.

It needs to stop. Yes, it might scare Bielsa off but based on the results this season and the fair concerns raised by fans, there are other managers out there who may be able to take us to that next level.

Bielsa isn’t the best manager in the world and there’ll be a Leeds United after he leaves and there’ll be another manager come in to replace him.

Could that happen this summer? In all honesty, it might be the right time.

In other Leeds United news, one of Bielsa’s star players has snubbed approaches by the club over a new deal.