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Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds United manager will ‘listen’ to club if they want him to stay on as manager

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The Argentine’s future is uncertain after the Whites missed out on promotion to the Premier League

Marcelo Bielsa will listen to proposals for him to stay at Leeds United following their defeat in the Championship play-offs.

The Whites had been top of the table in March and on course for automatic promotion to the Premier League but their season ended in heartbreak on Wednesday night, as they lost 4-2 to Derby County in the second leg of their semi-final tie at Elland Road to succumb to a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were top of the Championship in March but missed out on promotion

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Marcelo Bielsa’s side were top of the Championship in March but missed out on promotion

Bielsa, who took charge of Leeds last summer, could not hide his disappointment but said he would sit down with club bosses before deciding on his future.

“It’s not as you can imagine convenient to talk about this point right now,” the Argentinian said.

“Anyway, the process and you know about this process, that’s why I’m talking about it, if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to this proposal.”

Leeds spurned chances to take a commanding aggregate lead in the first half and failed to convert their openings in the second period – a season-long theme that has caught up with them.

“It’s a painful situation and we’re all disappointed,” Bielsa said.

Pablo Hernandez is devastated following Leeds’ defeat to Derby

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Pablo Hernandez is devastated following Leeds’ defeat to Derby

“In the first half we should have finished with one or two goals more and in the second half it was a game that broke immediately.

“The chances of the opponent ended in goals and our’s not.”

But Bielsa had no complaints about his players, adding: “What they have offered to the club during this season will be valued with the time.

“The fact that we couldn’t reach goals that were so close leaves a feeling of disappointment, but you can have another perspective about it.”