Marcelo Bielsa will not make any decision over his Leeds United future until he is fully aware of the financial implications of not winning promotion.
The Whites failed in their promotion quest, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Derby County in the play-off semi-final.
After throwing away automatic promotion, The Telegraph is now reporting that Bielsa will wait and see what cost-cutting measures might be in place before committing his future.
The report suggests some concerns over finances at the club. Bielsa is one of the highest paid managers in the division, earning a cool £3 million-per-year.
Despite another season of Championship football, Bielsa will want assurances that he can keep hold of his better players.
Leeds’ tenure outside the Premier League will stretch to 16 seasons after this year’s failure to win promotion.
Following last night’s result, it does seem like worrying times for Leeds.
Bielsa arrived last summer and reaching the Premier League was the firm remit. The former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille coach has failed in his mission and he must now reassess.
Perhaps surprisingly Leeds losing players isn’t really the problem here. Losing Bielsa would be a far more problematic situation for the club than any player.
A club the size of Leeds with their infrastructure, fanbase and history will always attract players, but having Bielsa as the manager is a coup for a Championship outfit.
With the boss in charge next season you would back Leeds to mount a serious promotion challenge once again. Should he leave, however, it could be back to the drawing board at Elland Road.