Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa was non-committal when asked if he will be at Elland Road next season, after the Whites failed to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Yorkshire giants were beaten 4-2 by Derby County on Wednesday night, ending the 2018-19 season and hopes of getting out of the Championship through the play-offs.
Leeds had taken a 1-0 lead into the game from the first leg, but the Elland Road faithful’s hearts were broken by the visiting Rams, who took their chances on the night to book a date with Aston Villa in the playoff final.
The Whites have looked destined for promotion all season but a number of periods of inconsistency saw the Yorkshiremen drop out of the top two in the final weeks of the regular campaign.
Leeds will need to regroup and restrengthen this summer, but it remains to be seen whether Bielsa, who has a reputation for short stints at clubs, will still be at the helm to spearhead their promotion battle in 2019-20.
“It’s not, as you can imagine, convenient to talk about this point right now,” the Argentine told Leeds Live after the Derby defeat.
“Anyways, the process, and you know about this process, that’s why I’m talking about it, if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal.”
Bielsa has captivated the Leeds supporters this season with his high-energy, attacking brand of football, with high hopes of a return to the top flight.
However, there are a number of weaknesses in the Whites squad that will need to be addressed if the Yorkshire side are to make it back to the promised land.
Leeds will surely be one of the favourites for promotion from the Championship next season but the fans will be sweating over the need to keep Bielsa at the club this summer.