Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa under pressure as three-man shortlist of replacements drawn up

Premier League managerial departures so far this season

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Leeds have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of three potential candidates to replace boss Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road. Bielsa’s contract comes to an end next summer and the Argentine is under pressure from club chiefs to make a decision about whether he will extend his stay in Yorkshire.

Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018 and led the side to the Championship play-offs during his first season at the helm.

Leeds were defeated by Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the semi-finals but Bielsa stayed at Elland Road and led them to the title the following season as they finished 10 points ahead of runners-up West Brom.

Last season the Whites excelled during their first season back in the top-flight and finished in ninth place.

But the team have struggled during the early part of this campaign and are just two points above the relegation zone after winning just two league games all season.

Bielsa, who has managed Argentina and Chile, originally signed a two-year deal when he took the helm at Elland Road but subsequently signed one-year extensions in 2020 and 2021.

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The veteran boss has made a habit of leaving it until the last minute to decide whether he wants to continue in his role and, according to the Daily Star, club chiefs are not prepared to wait until the end of the season to discover what Bielsa’s plans are.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta is the man who took Bielsa to Elland Road in the first place but he is now supposedly looking at alternative options in case the manager walks away next summer.

Bielsa has a reputation of staying at clubs for relatively short periods of time before departing.

The 66-year-old spent two years at Athletic Bilbao, one year at Marseille and just four months at Lille.

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And he famously took charge of Lazio for just two days in 2016 before quitting after the club failed to sign any of the players he wanted.

“From my point of view this is an extraordinary club,” Bielsa said in the summer when he put pen-to-paper on his latest deal at Leeds.

“It’s not often you have a club who designates so much volume of investment to the improvement of the training.

“In this sense, Leeds have made a significant contribution economically for the tools for a manager to prepare his players to be the ideal ones.

“Everything that we need in this area, the club has resolved it with a very high investment.

“Whether that be the pitches, the facilities, the technology, commodities for the work of the players and in this sense, I am very astounded by the conduct of the club.

“I think the most important coaches that world football has would value what this club means in terms of organisation, structure and the public.”

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