It might not be a saga of Beowulf standard quite yet might, but Leeds United’s attempt to sign former Argentina and Chile manager Marcelo Bielsa is getting there.
It has been nearly two weeks since the Whites dispensed with the services of Paul Heckingbottom, a fortnight-or-so since the rumours of a connection to Bielsa surfaced.
Much has been both said and written about the chase and potential signing, with every twist or turn either taking him further from sight, or closer to the club depending what you read.
The general consensus is that United are still in discussions with Bielsa and that the finer details of the deal are still being thrashed out as Leeds look to get the Argentinian involved as quickly as is possible.
Bielsa himself hasn’t been lazy whilst awaiting these details to be finalised to an acceptable end, doing preparatory work in the background. According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay, Bielsa has “spent time analysing the squad at Elland Road, assessing possible transfers and reviewing the club’s Championship fixtures this season.”
This meticulous attention to detail will go down very well with Leeds United fans who are still waiting in the wings for the announcement that Bielsa has signed. Until then, it is just a case of wait-and-see – with double helpings of patience on the side.
However, every day brings a new snippet for Leeds fans to cling to, and this is today’s from journalist Adam Pope:
I understand Leeds United are considering a draft of a contract sent by ex Argentina & Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa who is in talks to become the #lufc new head coach. The draft was sent in the early hours of this morning. Bielsa’s camp say “the ball is in Leeds United’s court.” pic.twitter.com/JMp4nUibcM
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) June 13, 2018
With this news comes the mouth-watering prospect that, hopefully, “the ball is in Leeds United’s court” and that it is a ball which the Whites will not hit back.
Come tomorrow it could easily be game, set and match Bielsa for Leeds United fans.