Bielsa Open To Elland Road Stay As Leeds United Lament Playoff Defeat

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has indicated that he would be open to staying at the Elland Road club next season despite their playoff semi-final loss to Derby County.

The Whites went into last night’s game with a one-goal advantage and were 2-0 up on aggregate with 40 minutes gone in the second leg, but capitulated through a mix of defensive errors and ill-discipline to lose the tie 4-2.

Bielsa had yet to make an indication as to whether or not he would be staying at the Yorkshire club over the last number of weeks with speculation over his future increasing following the dramatic defeat.

Leeds had been top of the Championship at Christmas but their inconsistency since that period cost them automatic promotion and ultimately a spot in the playoff final.

Speaking after the game, Bielsa remained coy but did indicate that should the club offer him another season at Elland Road he would “listen to their proposal.”

“As you can imagine, it’s not convenient to talk about this right now. This process, you know about it, is that if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to their proposal.

“What the players offered to the club this season will be valued over time. The fact that we couldn’t reach the goals we were so close to leaves a feeling of disappointment but you can have another perspective about it.

Bielsa also mentioned that he feels he would be difficult for the current group of players to play at the very high level they reached at times during this season’s topsy-turvy campaign.

“I already mentioned that it would be very difficult to see these players play at the same level in another season. We had so many difficulties but I have to say that we had the conditions to finish first or second (in the table) and all the conditions to be the best team in the play-offs.

“We couldn’t finish first or second and we couldn’t reach the final. Obviously there are mistakes that prevented us from reaching our goals and when you can’t reach something that was reachable, it always puts doubt on the head coach.”

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