Marcelo Bielsa has been some addition to the English game.
The 63-year-old took charge of Leeds United last summer and is in a good position to lead the club into the Premier League for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Bielsa signed a two-year contract upon his arrival last June, but the Argentine has given no guarantees over his future at Elland Road.
Bielsa told reporters, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“The head coaches stay or leave depending on… when we draw the conclusion at the end of the season to see if we fulfilled the goals or not and we will take a decision from there.”
Bielsa’s words are fairly cryptic.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the head coach’s contract includes an option for Leeds to extend the agreement into a third season.
However, the South American has suggested that he might not be in charge of the club next season if they are not promoted to the Premier League.
It is always difficult to read into Bielsa’s words, but his quotes ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers appeared to suggest that his future largely depends on whether Leeds become a Premier League club.
The thought of Bielsa, who is Box Office, operating in the top flight is hugely exciting for the neutral, but his team still have a lot of work to do.
Nineteen wins, seven draws and seven defeats – that is how Leeds have performed this season. A total of 64 points has left them third in the Championship table, just two points off the leaders Norwich City.
The Whites have a game in hand over both Norwich and second-placed Sheffield United, who are ahead of Bielsa’s team on goal difference.
Leeds have won their last two league fixtures against Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers, but now face a very tough test away to QPR on Tuesday night.
The former Champions League semi-finalists will then host West Bromwich Albion and visit Bristol City in their first two matches of March.
It is a huge period of the season for Leeds and whilst they have been impressive this term, the future might not be so bright if they fail to earn promotion this season, potentially losing Bielsa in the process.