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.
Derby equalised, before taking the lead on the night after half-time and in the tie with a penalty just before the hour.
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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.
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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.
“The fact that we couldnt reach goals that were so close leaves a feeling of disappointment, but you can have another perspective about it.”
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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.
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.
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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.