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Phil Hay offers insight into Marcelo Bielsa’s position at Leeds United moving forward

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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa’s position at the club is a “rolling situation”.

That’s according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, who says that the Argentine’s future prospects at the club could be based on Leeds’ progress over the rest of the campaign.

Having taken charge as Leeds boss back in the summer of 2018, Bielsa is now in his fourth year as the club’s manager.

As ever, Bielsa only signed a one-year contract with Leeds at the start of this season, meaning a decision will once again have to be made on his future at Elland Road next summer.

Now it seems as though Hay believes that Bielsa will have the option to continue in that role for as long as he is successful at Leeds.

However, the reporter seemingly feels that a a drop in form over the course of the season as a whole, could change that significantly.

Speaking about Bielsa’s position at Leeds going forward, Hay told The Athletic: “It’s a rolling situation in the sense that, for as long as it’s going well under him and he wants to stick around and stay as head coach, there’s going to be very little justification for replacing him. And it will be very hard for the club to explain that decision.

“I think if they were to have a fairly mediocre season this year, if it was all to be a bit difficult if it wasn’t to go too well, hen perhaps you move into the realms of wondering whether it will be time to change it or whether both sides might agree that that was the case.”

This does seem to make sense from a Leeds United perspective.

All managers are ultimately judged on results, since it is that that will keep Leeds moving forward as a club, something they clearly and understandably want to do.

With that in mind, it does seem logical that Bielsa’s future with Leeds will be decided by how the Whites fare under him over the rest of the season.

Despite a slow start to the campaign, you would still expect this to be a successful season given they have moved forward every year so far since Bielsa took over. Indeed, given his popularity around the club, you imagine many Leeds fans will hope that does continue to be the case.

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