Leeds Live’s Beren Cross has delivered his take on Marcelo Bielsa’s situation at Leeds United amid a tough start to the Premier League.
The Whites have endured a nightmare couple of months in the top-flight, picking up just the one win all season, and losing last time out to Southampton in a drab showing at St Mary’s.
Now, Cross has admitted that while he believes Bielsa will still remain in charge, things could sway if the situation falls by the way-side and becomes “pretty desperate”.
He said: “Great question. Honestly, I don’t know. I doubt even Bielsa knows how he would react to that situation and, of course, he never wants to predict the future anyway. My gut says he would want to get Leeds out of the mess he would, predictably, blame himself for.
“If Leeds wanted him to go and they were in the bottom three, I wonder what clauses there are in place to protect him or whether he would just step aside if he was not wanted. It would have to be pretty desperate and irreconcilable for Leeds to want to do that, mid-season though. In short, yes I think he would still be in charge.”
Whatever happens, Bielsa’s place in Leeds’ history is secured. The Argentine was the man to bring the Whites back to the riches of the Premier League, and has done so by embracing the entire club, culture and fan-base too.
If anyone deserves that extra chance and time to turn things around at Elland Road, it’s him. Bielsa has more than enough credit in the bank to be told by the owners that they have their full faith in him to steer the ship into safer waters, while the Leeds fan-base will back him to the hilt too.
The amount of injuries that the side have faced, and who those injuries have afflicted too, has been a major contributing factor as to why their start to their season back in the top-flight has gone so miserably.
Bielsa will be hoping that the returns to fitness of key players like Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, among others, is the key to a change in fortune.
But, Cross’ admission that if things get worse the Whites could look to act on Bielsa, is sure to worry fans.