Leeds fans fear Spain could snare Bielsa after sacking Lopetegui

Fans look on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United were expected to confirm Bielsa's appointment imminently.

Spain national football team coach Julen Lopetegui reacts during a press conference at Krasnodar's stadium on June 8, 2018 on the eve of the international friendly match against Tunisia. (...

Spain's decision to sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of Russia 2018 has sparked panic among Leeds United supporters.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are in the final throes of talks to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager.

But given the 62-year-old's vast experience at international level - having managed Argentine and Chile at World Cup finals - some Whites fans fear he could be approached by the Spanish FA (RFEF).

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on prior to the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Malherbe de Caen on August 8, 2015 at the...

This is what they are saying on Twitter...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has however been speculated that Spain will turn to Lopetegui's assistants Albert Celades and Fernando Hierro to lead them in Russia.

Luis Rubiales, the RFEF president, has vowed to alter things 'as little as possible' within the camp, ahead of Spain's opener against Portugal on Friday.

Incidentally, Hierro, the former Real Madrid and Bolton Wanderers midfielder, has often featured among the bookies contenders to be Leeds' manager in recent years.

Should Leeds fans fear an approach from Spain?

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch