Marcelo Bielsa’s failure to lead Leeds to promotion has drawn a stinging rebuke from former France boss Raymond Domenech.
The Yorkshire club – so long well placed to secure promotion back to the Premier League after a 15-year absence – first blew their chances of automatic promotion before, on Wednesday night, suffering elimination from the play-off semi-finals after a staggering 4-2 home defeat to Frank Lampard’s Derby County.
Bielsa could not hide his disappointment at seeing United fall short of their goal, but did admit after the game he would listen to the club’s proposals for next season.
But while Bielsa is much revered by Leeds supporters for transforming a squad that finished 13th last season into one of genuine promotion contenders, his time in France is seen as somewhat divisive with his critics pointing to his time at Marseille as evidence that his side regularly don’t last the course.
Bielsa joined Marseille in summer 2014 and led them to the symbolic title of “autumn champions” after a win over Lille left them top of the table at Christmas. However, a late season collapse saw Marseille finish fourth and blow what many felt was a golden chance of winning the Ligue 1 title.
One of his biggest critics during his time in France – which later also took in an ill-fated three-month period at Lille – was former France boss Domenech. And the 67-year-old, who led the French national team between 2004 and 2010 – could not resist the chance to make a jibe about Bielsa, and Leeds’, latest failure.
Via his Twitter page, Domenech wrote: “A little thought this morning for fans of Bielsa who once again finished the season in fishtail. Beaten by Derby in the shootout while leading 2/0. Dirty season. ”
Une petite pensée ce matin pour les fans de Bielsa qui une fois encore a terminé la saison en queue de poisson . Battus par Derby en barrage alors qu’il menant 2/0 . Sale saison .
— Raymond Domenech (@RaymondDomenech) May 16, 2019
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