Speaking on TalkSPORT (May 17, 6:25AM) Ray Parlour stated that he would be amazed if Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t the Leeds United manager at the start of next season.
The former Arsenal midfielder went on to praise the Argentine for the job he has done at Elland Road this season.
The footballer turned radio presenter was told be his co-host that there were rumours Bielsa would leave the club this summer.
“I’d be amazed by that,” said Parlour.
“He’s done a great job.
“They’ll be kicking themselves as they were in the top two for most of the season. I think Bielsa has done a great job and they’ll be absolutely gutted they’re not in the Premier League next season.
“They need to take stock now, have a good pre-season and have another go next season.”
Parlour’s comments saying that he would be ‘amazed’ if Bielsa wasn’t at the club next year show a gap in the former midfielder’s knowledge about the current Leeds manager.
Bielsa famously doesn’t stick around at clubs for a long time and defeat in the playoffs may just be enough to push him out the door at Elland Road.
This is the same man who left Lazio after just two days, and left Lille after less than six months.
It shouldn’t come as a great surprise to anyone if Bielsa decides that now is the right time to walk away from Elland Road.
The Argentine will not be short of options if he does choose to leave the Championship side and he may want to have a crack at the Premier League before he bows out of the game.
Retirement may not be far off for the former Marseille boss, and this may be his last chance to move to a top club.