By Craig Scott

16th Feb, 2022 | 6:40am

Marcelo Bielsa to make late contract decision at Leeds United, future 'far from certain'

Marcelo Bielsa’s future at Leeds United is up in the air as he’ll leave a decision on a new contract until a later date, according to Eurosport journalist Dean Jones.

Bielsa has famously signed just one-year deals at a time at Elland Road but according to an update by The Telegraph on 10 February, Leeds do have a shortlist of names they’ll consider if he leaves.

Jesse Marsch, Ernesto Valverde and Carlos Corberán are understood to be in the frame if this season is Bielsa’s last in West Yorkshire.

Jones feels that Bielsa’s decision on his future at Leeds will be made closer to the expiry of his deal and doesn’t give much indication as to which way the Argentine will go.

“I don’t think hope is dead yet that Bielsa stays for one more year,” Jones told GiveMeSport.

“He was always going to leave this decision late and leave them with hope that they can get him going for one more year, but it’s also far from certain.”

False hope?

As good a job Bielsa has done at Leeds, the club’s hierarchy needs to start putting itself in charge of the manager’s situation.

While the season is far from over at this point, if Bielsa has a feeling of what he wants to do – either leave or stay – he needs to make it clear sooner rather than later.

It’s not fair to string the club along until May before making a decision because that’ll leave Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizza in a mad scramble to find a replacement before players return from their summer breaks.

Leeds need to take charge. Give him a deadline.

If a new manager comes in this summer, there’ll no doubt be a major overhaul of the squad because there are players who we doubt would stay at Leeds if Bielsa went and also the size of the squad will no way suit another boss.

Bielsa stringing Leeds along could give them false hope that he wants to stay and a decision should be made sooner rather than later.

Until he says he’ll stay, Orta and Radrizzani need to act as though Bielsa will not be here next season and make plans for a replacement and player recruitment regardless.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has mooted a major exit in the summer after dropping a £150million update.