Marcelo Bielsa to remain Leeds United boss for 2019-20 season

Published on: 28 May 2019

Marcelo Bielsa guided Leeds to a third-placed finish in 2018-19 before they lost to Derby in the play-offs

Marcelo Bielsa will stay on as Leeds United head coach next season.

After discussions, the Argentine and the Championship club have decided to exercise the second-year option in the contract he signed in June 2018.

The 63-year-old led Leeds to a third-placed finish in 2018-19, but they lost to Derby in the play-off semi-finals.

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani said Bielsa had "unfinished business" with Leeds, who have not played in the Premier League since 2004.

"We were close and next season we will work harder to achieve our goal. I am delighted that Marcelo has agreed to stay on for another year," the Italian said.

After their dramatic 4-3 aggregate defeat by the Rams, Bielsa said he would "listen to the club's proposal" before deciding whether to remain in West Yorkshire.

He will become the first head coach to manage Leeds in successive seasons since Brian McDermott in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

More to follow.