Marcelo Bielsa might be preparing to step down as Leeds United manager in the wake of the almost nonsensical ‘spygate scandal’ that shows no signs of abating.
The Argentinian coach has called a press conference for 5pm (BST) on Wednesday afternoon at which, as speculated by several sources, he intends to announce his resignation.
An impromptu press conference called by Marcelo Bielsa for 5pm this evening. Spygate. Suspect this might not be a diplomatic venture. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) 16 January 2019
Prayers with @joemewis as Bielsa calls a surprise press conference. Considering his past this could go in absolutely any direction
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) 16 January 2019
— Ian McCourt (@ianmccourt) 16 January 2019
In contrast, Leeds defender Pontus Jansson doesn’t seem quite so sure…
Haha already 1 of April on your office? 😂😂😂😂
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) 16 January 2019
Bielsa and Leeds are currently under investigation by The FA after admitting that they sent a club employee to nefariously observe on a Derby County training session ahead of the two sides’ Championship game last Friday, which Leeds ultimately won 2-0 thanks to the crucial intel gathered by their White Sparrow.
A half-hearted apology was duly issued, though the silly fallout continued – culminating with Stuart Pearce going full swivel-eyed loon on Sky Sports by demanding that the scoreline be reversed and the win credited to Derby as a fitting punishment for Leeds for undermining football so heinously.
"If it was me, the team that it has affected the most is @dcfcofficial, and I would reverse the scoreline." 🔄
The EFL should reverse the scoreline and award Derby a victory over Leeds after #SpyGate, says Stuart Pearce.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) 16 January 2019
Again, a man (armed with a pair of binoculars) from one football club stood on public land near a pitch owned by another football club.
If Bielsa ends up walking – and let’s face it, he’s got previous – then football has officially gone past the tipping point of being irretrievably daft.