Bielsa facing pressure to decide Leeds future as bosses start replacement search

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is coming under increasing pressure to make a decision on his future at Elland Road.

Bielsa signed a rolling 12 month deal back in August that keeps him with the Yorkshire club until the end of this season.

Since joining Leeds in 2018, the Argentine has made a habit of leaving it late before pledging his commitment to them.

But with rumours growing that this could be Bielsa's last season in charge, Leeds bosses are keen to know what his intentions are as soon as possible.

It is understood Director of Football Victor Orta has spoken to Bielsa and told him the club are not prepared to wait until the end of this season before finding out what his immediate plans are.

Orta, who appointed Bielsa in the first place, has drawn up a shortlist of three potential replacements should the former Chile, Lazio and Marseille boss decide to call time on his stint at Elland Road.

Leeds bosses are desperate to keep Bielsa for another season at least, but fear the uncertainty surrounding him is becoming unsettling for the players.

Bielsa became a cult figure with supporters after leading the club to promotion back to the Premier League in 2020 following a 16 year absence.

But Leeds have won just two league games this season to find themselves 17th in the table, just two points above the drop zone.

Whatever Bielsa decides to do will also have a huge bearing on the club's transfer plans in the next two windows.

Bielsa is known to dislike making signings in January, and said at the weekend: “It’s normal to demand an investment in the team.

“Players have a level for any position, which costs us a minimum between £20million and £30million.

“So in an institution like Leeds, that has invested a lot on players in the second year and also the third year, to imagine that we could increase the power of our professional group, it shouldn’t be evaluated without looking at the economic possibilities.”

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