By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Dec, 2021 | 10:40am

Paul Merson: Leeds United will not sack Marcelo Bielsa

Paul Merson believes Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa will leave the club on his own terms and not get sacked despite the poor run.

The Whites suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Elland Road on Saturday (18 December), and they failed to react after Manchester City handed them a 7-0 drubbing at the Etihad during the week.

Many have been calling for the head of the Argentine, but Merson reckons the west Yorkshire outfit will not sack him and rather wait for him to move on by himself.

The Sky Sports pundit said (as shown on Football Daily Twitter account): “I don’t think they would ever sack him. I think he would leave. I just think he would leave.

I think Leeds would worry about him having enough.

He doesn’t get beat that many. That seven would have hurt.”

Possibly?

Bielsa has run out of luck at Elland Road, and he only had nine first-team players available yesterday.

Jack Harrison and Stuart Dallas could not finish the game, hobbling off, and while the Argentine claimed they only suffered knocks, there are no guarantees that Leeds will go another week without injuries.

That has been a recurring theme all season, and it has had a catastrophic effect on their campaign.

They travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Boxing Day, and not even the most optimistic of Whites fans will believe they can leave Merseyside with something.

Bielsa is not likely to leave right now, but could he walk away at the end of the 2021-22 campaign?

He is likely to have had enough after four years at Leeds, and an exit could be on the cards regardless of which division the club are in when the season shuts.

The fans do not like to hear it, but it appears he has come to the end of his shelf life at the club like every manager eventually does, and it could be best for both parties to part ways.

In other Leeds United news, Whites chiefs recently jetted out of the UK for talks.