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Report: Marcelo Bielsa handed Leeds United ultimatum as Elland Road boardroom stance outlined

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Leeds United do not want to wait until the end of the season before manager Marcelo Bielsa decides whether he will stay with the club for the 2022/23 campaign.

That’s according to a report from The Daily Star, who say those behind the scenes are concerned the uncertainty over Bielsa’s future is distracting the playing squad.

As ever Bielsa, only signed a one-year contract with Leeds on the eve of this season, meaning he could once again leave the club in the summer.

Bielsa has often left his decision on that to the last minute, but this latest update suggests Leeds will want him to inform them of what he is doing before then.

It is claimed that director of football Victor Orta has already told Bielsa that the club are unwilling to wait until the end of this season before being informed of what the Argentine’s plans are.

Those behind the scenes are said to be desperate for Bielsa to remain at the club for at least another season. There is however, apparently concern that uncertainty around the manager’s future is impacting the players, with Leeds having won twice in the league this season.

If Bielsa is to leave, then it is understood that Orta has already identified three potential candidates to replace the 66-year-old at Elland Road.

You can understand this approach that Leeds are taking here.

Given they are going to want to establish themselves as a Premier League club, they are going to need to have their plans in place for next season and beyond with plenty of time to spare.

But a late decision from Bielsa either way shortly before the start of the season could leave those plans up in the air, and scupper their preparations to put them on the back foot for the rest of that campaign.

A quick decision could therefore surely be best for all parties, but given that has never been Bielsa’s style, it will be interesting to see if he is willing to give Leeds that here.

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