By Nick Ware

30th Apr, 2021 | 9:10pm

Nigel Martyn: 'Catastrophic' if Leeds lose Marcelo Bielsa to Tottenham Hotspur

Nigel Martyn has stressed the importance of keeping Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United amid links to the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job.

Jose Mourinho was sacked as Spurs manager earlier this month, with Ryan Mason placed in caretaker charge, and countless names have been banded about in the media for the full-time gig.

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara told talkSPORT Bielsa would be “brilliant” at the North London side and could be tempted as they are “bigger than Leeds”.

Ex-Whites goalkeeper Martyn has outlined just how important it is for the club to keep hold of him.

“If the manager is lost, you aren’t going to get the same impact,” he told Leeds United News.

“He’s different to the rest. He’s special in the way he gets his players to play and the team before self ethos.

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“I love how they play – that sort of philosophy. It is the most important signing Leeds are going to make for – let’s be happy – five years.

“But it would be catastrophic if Leeds lost him this summer. Having him for next year is vital. We’ll take what O’Hara and [Tim] Sherwood say as a compliment, but they can get lost.”

The key

We don’t need to be reminded of just how crucial El Loco is to us.

He has laid the foundations for success at Elland Road with his innovative tactics and personable approach that have made players and staff feel at ease.

It’s obvious why he would be in such high demand but he’s not going anywhere, despite pundits continually trying to pick his departure destination.

The likes of O’Hara are completely oblivious to the type of person Bielsa is and his morals that would stop him short of leaving Leeds in the lurch for Spurs.

Indeed he said the Whites were “prestigious above any others” in his pre-Brighton press conference, and said any contract talk would wait until after the conclusion of the Premier League. [LeedsLive]

That’s how he operates, he just likes to get the job done without any fuss.

We can’t see any other scenario than the one where he signs on the dotted line come the end of the season, and leads us into another exciting chapter.

In other Leeds United news, ‘That was disrespectful’ – Alan Brazil makes pundit apologise for attack on Kalvin Phillips.