Despite losing the play-offs, Leeds extend deal with Marcelo Bielsa as head coach

28 May 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Marcelo Bielsa, the head coach of Leeds United, has extended his stay at the West Yorkshire club.

Leeds United’s chairman, Andrea Radrizzani, has decided to extend the club’s deal with Marcelo Bielsa as head coach.

Bielsa has met with the Peacocks’ board of directors several times over the last couple of days and has confirmed he will continue in his role.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Marcelo Bielsa, the head coach of Leeds United, has extended his stay at the West Yorkshire club. Despite losing their play-off return match against Derby 4-2 and failing to win Premier League promotion, the board of directors with Andrea Radrizzani as chair have extended Bielsa’s deal for a second season.

“I am delighted that Marcelo has agreed to stay for another year - we have unfinished business,” said Radrizzani in a statement.

A promotion could have served Leeds well as the club last season had a huge turnover of £40.7 million and commercial revenue of £21.8 million.

Bielsa signed a two-year deal with the Peacocks in June 2018 with the club maintaining the right to extend or terminate the deal at the end of year one.

Highest number of points

During the head coach’s debut season in English football, the team amassed a total of 83 points - the highest points total since promotion from League One during the 2009/10 season.

A promotion could have served Leeds well as the club last season had a huge turnover of £40.7 million and commercial revenue of £21.8 million - which should be regarded as high considering that they are a Championship club without parachute payments - but reported an operating loss of £20.7 million because of the club’s wages of £31.3 million.