Leeds United are hopeful that Marcelo Bielsa will remain in charge beyond this season, but plans are seemingly in place in case that doesn’t happen.
Bielsa joined Leeds back in the summer of 2018 and is in his longest reign at a club in his managerial career.
This, his third season in charge, is going very well as the Whites sit in mid-table and well clear of the relegation zone in March.
There are strong suggestions that the Argentine will be looking to stay on for the foreseeable future, but Andrea Radrizzani and co. will have contingencies in place, should the worst happen.
While all the noises coming from the club indicate Bielsa will remain at Elland Road, the club are planning for the eventuality where he isn’t in charge.
The Sunday Times (Print Edition; 14/03; page 11) are reporting that Radrizzani has targeted Italian manager Massimiliano Allegri as a potential successor to El Loco.
Allegri has been out of management since departing Juventus at the end of the 2018/19 season where he secured their fifth-straight Serie A title.
He also managed to take Juve to two Champions League finals in three years, losing out both times to Barcelona and Real Madrid.
There is no suggestion that Bielsa won’t sign a contract extension at the end of the season, but with the manager only signing one-year deals each year, there needs to be a plan in case he does decide to leave.
It’s a very ambitious appointment that I’d be surprised to see the club pull off, but then again, Marcelo Bielsa coming to Leeds seemed completely out of the question at first.
It’s a very different approach to management from what we’re used to and we’d need to be very well established with quality players to pull off what Allegri would want.
However, this isn’t really something we want to be entertaining that long, considering we’re expecting to have Bielsa in charge for as long as possible.
Bielsa has work to complete at Leeds before his time to leave comes and he’s still doing outstanding work, so to look elsewhere wouldn’t be wise yet.