Leeds reported had Matias Almeyda lined up as a back up.

Leeds United’s efforts to hire Marcelo Bielsa in June 2018 were fortunately successful.

But it was a drawn out process, and according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds had lined up Matias Almeyda as a back up just in case.

Almeyda was a Bielsa protégé, playing under him for Argentina and forging a burgeoning career in management, winning three titles and the North American Champions League with Mexican club Guadalajara, before leaving his post around the same time Leeds were looking to hire.

It is now one year since Almeyda took up his subsequent post, at MLS club San Jose Earthquakes.

Amid speculation over his future, Almeyda said this week he planned to stay with the club, MLS Soccer reported.

He found it tough going at first, before rallying to help his side finish in a respectable eighth place.

Almeyda wants to continue and build with a second season. That’s understandable, and he has proved elsewhere he is a winner.

Before succeeding at Guadalajara, he won titles with River Plate and then Banfield.

His strong record meant he had attracted attention from clubs overseas over the past month.

He has not really achieved to the point where he is any more attractive to Leeds when they are seeking a successor, he should be front of the queue.

And the way the MLS season runs, if Bielsa left next June, Almeyda would have to leave the Earthquakes mid-season.

If Bielsa can propel Leeds to promotion, then he will be sure to stay in any case.

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