Bielsa Still Heads the Betting as Ranieri Joins the Fray

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Paul Heckingbottom’s dismissal came as little surprise especially after the investment from the 49ers Enterprise just days before with club owner Andrea Radrizzani making it clear this was Leeds United’s big chance to get back to the promised land.

It was clear from Heckingbottom’s time in charge that he was not the man to take the club forward.

Although he did little wrong, he did fail to get a team of individuals who had performed so well up until Christmas motivated for an assault on the top six and the club went through the motions with no threat of relegation and no chance of promotion.

That meant no real pressure and it showed on the pitch.

However, things are different now and American investment has fast-tracked Leeds to one of the richer clubs in the division but with that comes pressure, and the search is on to find the man who can cope with that and thrive on it.

Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa is still the favourite to land the hot seat and has been the market leader for some time.

At odds of 1/4, it is surely only a matter of when, not if the former Lazio, Argentina, Chile, Marseille and Lille boss confirms his role as manager of the Whites.

There can be no doubt that Bielsa has more than enough credentials to handle the pressure and a side languishing in the mid-table of England’s second tier.

The American investment is the likely reason Leeds are able to attract such a high-profile name and one that would not be out of place in the Premier League.

But he is not the only one. Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri has entered the betting as the second favourite at 7/2.

The names linked to the club makes for a refreshing change and a real opportunity to make a major promotion push next season.

Whatever happens going forward, the future looks brighter than it has done for nearly ten years.

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