The inevitable rumours are growing that Marcelo Bielsa could be sacked from Leeds as the club struggles with form in the Premier League.
A report via Football Insider has said that the Argentine could be given the chop as early as next month as the Whites’ board face increasing anxiety about the possibility of relegation, the club having let in a sizeable 14 goals in their last three league games.
Furthermore, the report says that this will be Bielsa's final year in charge, with a source telling the publication that he “won’t be at Leeds next season”.
It’s indeed widely thought that his fourth campaign will be his last in the Leeds dugout.
Bielsa may not even see January if results don’t improve – even despite the side being blighted by injury over the course of the season, including Patrick Bamford, their main source of goals, as well Kalvin Phillips, and Liam Cooper.
The manager’s gung-ho style of play has been exploited in recent games, yielding catastrophic scorelines, such as their 7-0 drubbing to Manchester City, 5-1 loss to Manchester United on an opening day, and more recently, a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal.
Leeds are now 16th in the Premier League table, and just remain five points above Burnley, who have three games in hand.
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Bielsa, of course, remains a hugely popular figure among the club, having propelled some of the squad’s career to global recognition – while supporters adore the man who earned them promotion to the Premier League for the first time in almost 20 years.
Before Leeds’ game to Arsenal, Bielsa responded to questions about his future at Elland Road. “Do you think there is a coach who can’t be sacked?”, he said. “Do you think I am so vain that I don’t think I can be sacked?
“Do you think that after suffering a 7-0 defeat I can discard the instability? Of course, the job of a coach is not stable. I don’t have anything that makes me immune from that characteristic.
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“After losing 7-0, that’s the situation I have to live through. Upon all of these circumstances, all I can do is fight.”
“But I am going to continue fighting until the end of the season. I always think that among adversity you always have to fight.
"You never know if that strength is going to be enough or the progression of the difficulties we come up against.
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