Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa have become intrinsically linked over the past three and a half years.

The club will forever bear an imprint of Bielsa’s legacy and in the short term at least, its players will carry on in their roles, showing vestiges of his style in their game.

Unlike some managerial departures, there will be no rewriting of history; this period will be remembered as one of the most colorful chapters in Leeds United’s long and storied history.

But, such is the unforgiving nature of professional football, the team is expected to get back on track with a new manager and a new team behind the scenes.

This transition period is expected to create considerable uncertainty, due to the erosion of the stable base on which Bielsa had placed Leeds.

Many will wonder: where does that leave Bielsa’s stalwarts, his most loyal followers who helped the club secure promotion from the Championship?

The likes of Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford were regulars in the second tier before Bielsa’s arrival, some having never set foot in the Premier League.

Throughout the 66-year-old’s tenure, they have become protagonists under one of the world’s most revered coaches, benefiting immeasurably from Argentina’s methods and practices.

Several members of the Leeds United squad paid Bielsa their due on social media today, crediting the man with their individual experiences, successes and life-changing moments.

Many have referred to the impression Bielsa left, not only on their professional life, but also on their personal life.

They are universally grateful.



Leeds United fans hold up a banner of Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United head coach/manager during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road on February 26, 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Picture by )

His departure leaves a void, both tangible and intangible. The vacancy is expected to be filled soon with a new head coach and new ideas in the back room.

However, the belief and emotion that Bielsa aroused and instilled within his group of players will not be repeated overnight.

Although much is unlikely to change anytime soon, this summer will be a time of great uncertainty.

Leeds’ new appointment will have its own take on Bielsa’s squad, assessing which players are needed and which cannot be replaced.

It would be unrealistic to expect the same hard core to stay together or retain their prominence beyond the summer transfer window.

Players whose careers were, in a way, “manufactured” by Bielsa will soon be working under a new coach. They can see different merits or identify different weaknesses that will inform a rounded judgment on the likes of Phillips, Bamford, Ayling, Dallas, Cooper and company.

For the first time in several years there is a sense of unpredictability around the members of the Leeds United squad who, under Bielsa, appeared to be staying at the club for several years to come.