Marcelo Bielsa will wait to hear Leeds financial situation before deciding future – The Telegraph

Marcelo Bielsa will wait to hear Leeds\ financial situation before deciding future - The Telegraph

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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will “listen to proposals” for him to stay at the club after a “painful” play-off semi-final defeat by Derby.

Following the loss, Bielsa said: “If the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal.

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Derby equalised, before taking the lead on the night after half-time and in the tie with a penalty just before the hour.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Gaetano Berardi lunges at Bradley Johnson for a second yellow card that proved to be a turning point in the tie. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Plenty has been written in the last few days about the role momentum and confidence play in comebacks and Derby needed less than a minute of the second half to offer the latest evidence. Completely undaunted by the rousing rendition of Marching On Together that greeted the resumption of play Richard Keogh drove forward to find Mason Mount, who made room inside the area for a shot and scored only 38 seconds after the restart. He somehow produced an effort on target despite appearing to stumble in the attempt. Tellingly that was Derbys second attempt on target of the evening, yet both had produced goals.

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Leeds brought the aggregate scores level again before substitute Jack Marriott became the hero for Frank Lampards side with a composed finish in the 85th minute to seal a trip to Wembley to face Aston Villa.

It never ceases to astonish how full-blooded and thrilling play-offs can be, when both sides must know the likely prize on offer, financial considerations aside, will be a season of toil and tribulation in the top flight. Dreams shattered, Leeds players hit the deck in the manner of Ajax a week ago as the final whistle sounded. They had been true to Marcelo Bielsas attacking traditions but let themselves down in defence on a couple of occasions. Frank Lampard now has a shot at the big time at the end of his first season as manager.

For Leeds, who finished third in the table, defeat means their spell outside the top flight will stretch to a 16th year.

Leeds were making good progress down the right wing with Hernández and Mateusz Klich finding space, and a cross from the latter might have broken the deadlock even earlier had not Luke Ayling put his volley over the bar. Mason Bennett hit the post with a looping header a couple of minutes before the interval, yet though that indicated Derby were still capable of getting back on terms the manner in which they did so surprised everyone.

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But Bielsa had no complaints about his players throughout the campaign, saying: “What they have offered to the club during this season will be valued with time.

After Januarys Spygate row between Leeds and Derby – the Whites were fined £200,000 for watching the Rams from a vantage point outside their training ground – the football took centre stage once again on Wednesday.

“The fact that we couldnt reach goals that were so close leaves a feeling of disappointment, but you can have another perspective about it.”

Of course, music has always been a part of football – from the chants on the terraces to the adopted pop songs (Youll Never Walk Alone, anyone?) and the anthems created for the clubs themselves.

Its Time For Leeds United To Put Atrocious Play-Off Record Behind Them And Achieve Promotion

It has been an eventful first season managing in England for Bielsa, as the Whites spent most of the campaign in the top two before a late-season slump meant they had to settle for a place in the play-offs.

Before the two-legged tie with Derby, he had said he would not speculate on his future: “I would never say that if we stayed in the Championship I wont stay here, otherwise you say the importance of this club is linked to the division in which it plays.”

Bielsa, who signed an initial two-year deal when he joined Leeds last summer, revealed earlier in May that he personally paid Leeds £200,000 fine for spying on Championship opponents.

The EFL punished Leeds in February after a member of Uniteds staff was seen outside Derbys training ground.

So that is four attempts, four defeats for this giant of a club. But, times have changed at Elland Road and Marcelo Bielsa has got his team refocused after missing out on automatic promotion due to a poor end to the season. They showed against Derby in the first leg that they have what it takes to gain promotion and they could set up a mouthwatering final against Aston Villa if they avoid defeat. History is not on their side and they will need a slice of luck, but this really could be the year things change. Viva Bielsa.

The former Argentina and Chile manager, 63, subsequently admitted he had sent someone to watch training sessions of every team they had played this season.

Their only visit to the new Wembley came in the League One play-off final in 2008. Doncaster were the opponents and came out 1-0 winners in a tense encounter that once again saw Leeds leave empty-handed. To their credit, they came again twelve months later having finished in the top six but this time did not reach the final for the first time, losing in the semi-finals to Millwall of all clubs. Current gaffer Neil Harris bagged the opening goal of the tie as the Lions ran out 2-1 winners over the two legs.

Then, in their league match against Villa in April, Leeds allowed their opponents to walk in an equaliser unopposed after the home side scored while a Villa player was down injured.

Attempt number two came in 2005-06 as Kevin Blackwell attempted to lead his side back to the Premier League after just a two year absence. Years of pain would follow but it looked like the top flight was back on the cards after Leeds cruised past Preston 3-1 in the semi’s. The final, refereed by a fresh-faced Mike Dean incidentally, was a different story. Watford bettered them 3-0 in Cardiff which put an end to their hopes and started a steep decline.

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Bielsa also accepted that Leeds striker Patrick Bamford was correctly suspended for “successfully deceiving a match official” in the melee that followed the controversial goal, with Villas Anwar El Ghazi later having his red card for violent conduct rescinded.

ByMathew Nash Published on May 15, 2019 Share Tweet Aston Villa are heading to Wembley once again. They beat rivals West Brom on penalties last night to book their place in the final of the playoffs against either Leeds United or Derby County.

One man who has been pivotal to their climb back up the Championship table has been Tyrone Mings. Signed on loan from Bournemouth in the January transfer window the defender has been key to the clubs climb from 15th to the Wembley showpiece.

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