'That's the worry' - Warnock delivers verdict on Bielsa's future at Elland Road

Ex-Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock has argued that manager Marcelo Bielsa looks happy to settle down at Elland Road – but has also reiterated just how unpredictable the Argentine can be.

Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)
Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United. (Photo by Jon Super - Pool/Getty Images)

The 65-year-old prefers to operate on a year-long rolling contract, and as such is still yet to commit his future to the Whites for next season.

Throughout his career, Bielsa has tended to favour brief tenures at most clubs, and his stint with Leeds is already the longest of his time in the dugout to date, having taken over in 2018.

But while there is nothing concrete in place beyond this summer, there have been positive hints from the South American about his contentment in Yorkshire, and Warnock is hopeful that he will stick around.

Speaking on Football Focus, he said: “That’s the worry for the Leeds fans, if he walks away. He doesn’t give too many signs as to when he will.

"I think he’s comfortable here. I think he’s found somewhere where he’s very happy, feels appreciated.

“He’s started something here that the owner believes in, the players have bought into.

"I think his rapport with the fans is incredible, and this could be the place where he actually settles down to more than some of the spells that he usually lasts. Hopefully we can see him here for many more.

"I think the biggest problem is where do you go after Bielsa? Is there a plan in place in case he does decide to walk at any given moment, which we obviously know he can do?

"Have they got that plan in place? Who's the man who can fill that hole?”