For the football fraternity, the appointment of the mercurial Marcelo Bielsa in the summer of 2018 was akin to your average looking mate, pulling a Glamour Model and punching well above their weight. Whilst that analogy may not work in the physical sense, with the Elland Road Club once a European Powerhouse, it can’t be denied that after a few years of strain, it has been in better shape. Bielsa, whilst not physically resembling anything like a Glamour Model, his God like status in World Football is as attractive as one.
With Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta’s wildly ambitious advances having paid off, the question remains; Can Leeds United retain the services of their Head Coach in a longer term capacity? It’s fair to assume that any chance of this happening depends largely on the outcome of the final eight games this season? Has their been a more pivotal period in United’s recent history? Promotion would all but secure Bielsa for another season at least. Anything other than Premier League football would see the advances of Roma and other European Heavyweights loom large. There can be no doubt that Bielsa has fully immersed himself into life in Yorkshire and as fine a ‘Gods Country’ is, it surely wont be enough in isolation for Leeds Head Coach. His affection towards the club and the fans, reciprocated in equal measure will not guarantee his long term future. After all the Argentine is not known for staying for long at any of his previous clubs. Can we realistically expect his stay in Leeds to be any different?
There will of course be intense speculation as to whom Radrizzani should turn to in United’s hour of need should the worst happen? The obvious choice would be Carlos Corberan. The Spaniard has impressed in his role, guiding the U23’s to league success this season as well as providing a platform for the emerging talent at Leeds to break in to the First Team squad. Bielsa himself has identified Corberan’s promise entrusting him as an integral piece of his coaching set up. One would expect Corberan to have spent hours observing the Master at work standing him in good stead to fill the Elland Road hot seat when the opportunity presents itself. For Radrizzani to embrace Bielsa and his methods will have resulted in huge changes to the set up, not least at Thorp Arch. So for Leeds to look outside of the current coaching staff would mean a change in culture and philosophy. Neither of which would be welcome with the club beginning to reap the rewards of this administration.
With the season finale fast approaching and the possibility of promotion very much within United’s grasp. It is perhaps in hope rather than expectation, that the Whites can go ‘Marching On Together’ to the Premier League with ‘El Loco’ in charge, for one more season at least.