The Chalkboard: Leeds must look towards Sampaoli if Bielsa walks

After Leeds’ defeat in Wednesday’s playoff semi-final against Derby County, there have been many questions asked about the future of Marcelo Bielsa.

Not that he is in any danger of being sacked by the Yorkshire club. But his record of walking away from jobs after a short period has fans worried that he won’t be around for much longer.

If history does repeat itself, perhaps Leeds should follow in the footsteps of one of Bielsa’s previous employers and bring in a fellow Argentine as his successor.

Must remain ambitious

The worst thing Leeds could do if their manager departed the club would be to slip back into the trend of appointing Championship standard managers.

Radrizzani and Orta must make sure to build upon the foundations that have been set at the club, and the best way to do that is to bring in a man who has been heavily inspired by the 63-year-old.

Several managers in world football have been influenced by the former Marseille manager, such as Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. Of course, those two aren’t options for Leeds, but there is one student of Bielsa who could be swayed to join the Yorkshire club.

Sampaoli the man

Jorge Sampaoli has already succeeded his former mentor once in his career, and that worked to great effect. Just 12 months after the 63-year-old left the Chile national team, Sampaoli was in the dugout.

The Argentine didn’t change the style that the current Leeds boss brought to La Roja, but instead built upon it, making it more effective and eventually winning two Copa America titles.

His stock has since fallen massively. A poor 2018 World Cup with his home country saw him sacked, and he now plies his trade with Santos in Brazil.

The former Sevilla boss has been keeping a watchful eye on the Whites this season, so he would know the personnel and wouldn’t have to change much as he would be taking over from a very similar manager.

The 59-year-old could repeat the trick by taking what the current gaffer has started at Leeds and improving it.

The current Whites boss has even said that Sampaoli is a better manager than he is, and he is seemingly available after taking a massive step back by moving to Brazil. The Yorkshire club could be the Argentine’s route back into relevancy and if there is to be a change in the dugout at Elland Road, he is the clear and obvious choice.