Speaking on Sky Sports’ coverage of the playoff semi-final between Leeds and Derby (May 15, 22:00), both Darren Bent and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink predicted that Marcelo Bielsa wouldn’t be at Elland Road next season.
This would be a nightmare scenario for the Yorkshire club as the Argentine has wholly transformed them, but the two Sky pundits think that it is the end of the line for Bielsa at Leeds.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the two former strikers were in agreement that the 63-year-old would move on from Leeds this summer.
“I don’t think that Bielsa is going to be here next season,” said Hasselbaink
“I don’t think so. It was always one year to try to get the club up. I would love to see him here next season because what he brings is something different.
“I have been watching him in training sessions, and going to see what he is doing, trying to find out his philosophy and why he does certain things, and for me, it was an eye-opener.”
Bent was then asked if he thought Bielsa would stay, to which he replied.
“I don’t think so, we were discussing it before and I get the feeling that he put everything into one season.
“I think that if they’d have gone up he’d have been here. It’s a new challenge in the best league in the world.
“I feel like he’s put everything into this season, and if it didn’t work out he could bow out and say he’s given it everything.”
The current Whites boss has never been one to stick around at a club for very long, and the heartbreak of Wednesday night may be what pushes him out the door at Elland Road.
If he does leave in the summer, then it may set Leeds back years as their squad is mostly the same as the one that finished 13th last season.
The Argentine could be managing a much bigger club if he wanted to, and his stock has only risen since he took the Leeds job this time last year.
As Bent said, the Premier League would be a new challenge in the best league in the world, and it may pan out that the 63-year-old wants to try his hand in the top flight of English football before he has to retire.