Paul Robinson: Leeds make 'huge statement' with Allegri approach
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Leeds have reportedly approached Massimiliano Allegri to replace Marcelo Bielsa if he leaves at the end of this season and Paul Robinson has said this is a “huge statement” of intent.
The news was reported in the Sunday Times, with former Juventus manager Allegri keen on managing in the Premier League.
Andrea Radrizzani said in February that they want Bielsa to carry on but that he was working on alternatives in case the worst was to happen in the summer. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s a huge statement.
“But Bielsa’s future is in his own hands at the moment, he can do what he likes with what he’s done at Leeds so far.
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“I’d like to think if and when the time does come for him to move on, that he would have a say on who his successor is going to be.
“We know how well respected he is in world football. We know what other coaches and managers think of him.
“And I think that he would have a huge say in who is brought in to carry on his work at Leeds.
“I don’t think he’s going anywhere at the moment, though. He has a real passion for Leeds and the first season back in the Premier League has been a real success.”
Leeds fans don’t want to hear about a Bielsa successor but it’s only sensible that work is going on behind the scenes.
Bielsa signs one-year deals and has been away from his family in Argentina for a long time.
We fully expect him to commit to at least one more season, though.
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