Leeds fans won’t like hearing this, but Marcelo Bielsa won’t be around forever.
Fortunately, United seem to have a contingency plan in place for if the Argentine does go as The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent stated that they’re very keen on one man as a potential Bielsa replacement.
What’s been said then?
The journalist was speaking on the latest edition of The Phil Hay Show, and he was answering queries put forward by listeners.
A number of questions about Bielsa’s future were asked, and Hay touched on what he has heard about Leeds’ plan to replace the Argentine.
“So quickly, on replacements, the name I keep hearing over and over again is Lee Bowyer at Charlton.” (The Phil Hay Show 10/1/20 1:00:10)
“They do seem very keen on him, I think it would all be a case of timing and circumstances, depending on how well he was doing and who else was in the frame.
“With (Diego) Flores, I can’t see it because he seems to go everywhere like the other assistants (Pablo) Quiroga and (Diego) Reyes he seems to come with Bielsa and go with Bielsa and there doesn’t seem to be any managerial appetite on his part.”
“With Corberan it’s again down to experience and the question of are you looking for somebody who’s going to replicate what Bielsa has done? Or somebody who is just going to try and use the fact that Bielsa has been successful do their own thing and move forward in that way?”
Chalk and cheese
Appointing Bowyer after having Bielsa as manager would be a swift departure from Leeds’ current playing philosophy.
Bowyer will be adored by the Elland Road faithful due to his heroics during his playing days which included a goal against Barcelona, but just look at how different his playstyle is to Bielsa’s.
Leeds currently top the Championship possession stats while Bowyer’s Charlton sit 16th. United have the most shots per game in the division while the Addicks have the least and the Yorkshire club face the second-fewest number of shots per match. In comparison, the London club concedes the second most.
Bowyer’s style is chalk and cheese when compared to Bielsa’s system, and it’s hard to see this appointment working immediately.