TalkSport journalist Alex Crook has given his view on Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa and his future at Elland Road.
Having been on a monumental rise in recent years under his stewardship, culminating in their ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season, things have certainly got off to a rough start in 2021/22 for Bielsa and Leeds.
They have won just two of their games so far this season and sit two points off the relegation zone in the Premier League – a position that has already seen Dean Smith lose his job at Aston Villa, as they were also two points above the dropzone when the club parted ways with him a few weeks ago.
Speaking about the Argentinian on the TalkSport GameDay podcast, Crook discussed their start to the season and hinted that even though he has done an incredible job so far at Elland Road, there might come a point where the club have to make a business decision and remove him from his post:
“They’re the team at the moment hovering only two points above the relegation places and they’re just not playing particularly well. We’ve said already we expect this to be Marcelo Bielsa’s last season in charge. How much credit has he got in the bank if this run of disappointment continues – might the owners have to make a change?
TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments on Marcelo Bielsa and his future at Leeds United…
Will Leeds sack Marcelo Bielsa this season?
It is certainly an understandable discussion to have, especially seeing as how managers have been dropping like flies in the Premier League recently, with some of them worried about the implications of relegation for their sides – implications which could very well impact Leeds United given their start to the season.
Getting rid of someone so soon after doing a great job for the club is something that we’ve seen before in English football, with Claudio Ranieri being sacked by Leicester City less than a year after they won the Premier League title, so it shouldn’t necessarily be ruled out.
And as Crook points out, Bielsa’s contract once again only runs until the end of the current season, and with his future often under question, it might just be a case of making changes that the club presumably already have plans for.
Even with the relationship that Bielsa has with the fans, for the good of the club, it might be worth them making a change if things get too drastic for them.