Leeds United fans have got to hope that Marcelo Bielsa sees more opportunities to progress with the club and stays at Elland Road next season.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Bielsa admitted that his future is up in the air after the Whites’ play-off semi-final defeat to Derby on Wednesday evening – but said he would consider any proposal put to him.
“It’s not as you can imagine convenient to talk about this point right now,” Bielsa said.
“Anyway, the process and you know about this process, that’s why I’m talking about it, if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal.”
And Leeds fans – despite the team tailing off massively in the final few weeks of the season – must be praying that Bielsa’s future remains at Elland Road for next season.
It all started so well for Bielsa at Leeds, with his side asserting themselves as promotion contenders right from the off with signings such as Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford.
The Whites were right up there until it got to crunch time and the race for the play-offs really began to hot up. The 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United was a damaging one, but that was just the start of the collapse.
The Whites took just one point from four games towards the end of the regular season, before their second-leg defeat to Derby on Wednesday summed up the torrid last few weeks in charge for Bielsa.
But Leeds fans have got to remember that this is the Argentine’s first full season in charge, and despite the eventual pitfalls, it has still been a solid – and very enjoyable – season for Leeds.
The Whites will no doubt be back next season, more motivated than ever to finally seal a return to the Premier League. But before they can start dreaming again, they need the foundations in place.
And one of those foundations has to be Bielsa’s future, for he is the man to keep taking Leeds forward.