Dominic Matteo has told the Express that he believes Marcelo Bielsa will remain at Leeds United for another season, even if the club do not gain promotion this season.
Former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao boss Bielsa has guided the Whites to second place in the Championship. With nine games to play, Leeds are closer to the Premier League than they ever have been since being relegated in 2004.
Bielsa is now halfway through a two-year deal he signed last summer, which is believed to be worth £2.5million a year – or £48,000 a week according to the Telegraph.
Matteo reckons that although Leeds look good for promotion after three straight wins and three clean sheets, that he believes Bielsa will stay at Elland Road even if the club fail to return to the Premier League.
“I think he would stay, he would give it another year,” Matteo said. “But the belief in the club right now – and the way things are – it would be a big disappointment if they don’t go up.
“Under Bielsa I do think it (promotion next season) would happen. I honestly think we’d have competition at Leeds to keep hold of him. But I think he will be there next season if he’s needed to be.”
If Leeds do not gain promotion come the end of May, it will leave fans gutted. It could prove to have a spin-off period and affect next season – like Aston Villa suffered under Steve Bruce at the beginning of this campaign.
Bielsa is Premier League quality. His aura, connections and Argentine flair is top class. He needs to be in the top tier, and if he cannot do it with Leeds – he is sure enough to do it with someone else.
Gaining a place in the top tier this season is crucial if Leeds want to keep Bielsa.