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Marcelo Bielsa isn’t one to stick around at a football club for very long.
There were concerns at the end of last season that the Argentine would leave Leeds United after just one year in charge at Elland Road, but he opted to stay on for an extra season.
However, he may not remain in Yorkshire beyond the end of this term as Phil Hay has outlined one thing that needs to happen for Bielsa to stay.
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The Athletic’s Leeds United correspondent was undertaking a Q&A session and he was asked about Jay-Roy Grot’s future under the Argentine.
Hay’s response about Grot wasn’t too eyebrow-raising, but there was another revelation within his response that will have made many supporters sit up and take notice.
“I very much doubt it. Bielsa will go if Leeds don’t go up. If Leeds do go up, Grot isn’t going to be the answer in the Premier League. He’s not exactly tearing up the Dutch league.”
This just goes to show how important promotion is for Leeds United this season.
If Bielsa is to leave Elland Road if the Whites aren’t in the Premier League this time next year then it’s absolutely vital that they go up this season.
Being promoted to the Premier League will get a whole lot harder if United lose the services of the man once touted by Pep Guardiola as ‘the best coach in the world’, so they can’t afford to cut any corners in their quest for promotion this term.
It was perhaps surprising that the Argentine even decided to stay beyond last season, but another failed attempt means that could be it in terms of his stay in Yorkshire.
According to stats recorded by Transfermarkt, Bielsa has the second-best win percentage of his career at Leeds. In 69 matches, he’s claimed 1.78 points per game, which is only trumped by his time in charge of Argentina.