Exclusive: Danny Pugh says Leeds must prioritise keeping Bielsa if they don’t go up

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Leeds player Danny Pugh highlighted the one thing that United need to prioritise if they are not promoted to the Premier League this season.

The Whites were in the running for the top two throughout the campaign only to fall at the final hurdle and be resigned to the playoffs.

The 36-year-old made it clear as to what he thought the Yorkshire club’s first move should be if they aren’t triumphant in the postseason.

What’s been said then?

The Port Vale midfielder put a lot of his old team’s success down to Marcelo Bielsa’s influence this season, and he believes it is imperative that they ensure he stays next season.

“If Leeds don’t go up I think that they should do everything they can to keep hold of their manager,” said Pugh told Football FanCast.

“Leeds are built for the Premier League, and it would mean absolutely everything to the fans to see them back there, and the best chance of that happening is with Bielsa in charge.”

Bielsa must stay

The Argentine has made the Whites genuine promotion contenders while largely using the same squad that finished 13th last season.

Perhaps if the former Marseille manager would have had a bit more backing in the transfer market or a little more squad depth, then the club would have gone up automatically.

If the Whites don’t win the playoffs, then they must do everything they can to keep Bielsa at Elland Road.

The 63-year-old has completely transformed this squad, and if he were to depart the club, then they could easily slip back into mid-table obscurity.

Bielsa has a chance to leave a legacy at Leeds by getting them back to the Premier League after 15 years, and if the club allows him to walk away after just one season in charge, it may prove to be their biggest mistake ever (don’t need “ever” here) in years to come.