MARCELO BIELSA revealed he could quit Leeds at the end of the season if they do not get promoted.
The Elland Road boss, 63, refused to commit his future beyond this campaign, despite signing a two-year deal last summer.
Leeds looked on course to end their 15-year exile out of the Premier League by gaining automatic promotion this season.
But a dip in form during the second half of the season has seen the club slip to third in the Championship.
Norwich secured their return to the top flight last night and Sheffield United are virtually guaranteed to join them.
Chris Wilder’s team are six points clear of Leeds, who have two games left but are 13 goals behind the Blades.
In fact, anything other than a convincing win against in-form Aston Villa today would confirm they will have to come through the lottery of the play-offs to go up.
Asked about his future before the tie against Villa – who have won ten in a row – the Argentine said: “It’s not up to me and I don’t have any response to that.
“It’s not a decision that we have to take now and it’s not the right time to give my opinion on it.”
It was not our destiny to finish first or second and we can’t explain it, or maybe we could: we need twice as many chances as our opponents to score.
Bielsa may be on £3.4million per year during his time in Yorkshire but there is a break clause in the contract – although it would need the club’s permission to for him to walk away.
And there are fears that he will not have the hunger for another gruelling dogfight in the Championship.
Despite back-to-back defeats to Wigan and Brentford, Bielsa rebuffed suggestions his side had bottled promotion.
Instead he blamed the lack of available players for him to call upon and his side’s inability to take their chances.
Leeds‘ top scorer Kemar Roofe has 14 goals in the league this season whereas promotion rivals Norwich, Aston Villa, Sheffield United all have strikers with more than 20 goals – West Brom have two.
They tried to sign Swansea winger Daniel James in January but a deal fell through at the 11th hour.
The former Chile and Argentina boss added: “Our team this season has had 300 chances to score. And we had 100 more chances to score than the first and second teams in the table.
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“We have 14 players who have played this whole season. So if only 14 players have played the whole Championship and if we need six chances to score one goal and our rivals need only three, the only feeling I have towards our players is respect and consideration.
“The game that decided our fate was the game that we lost at home to Wigan. In that game we had 15 chances to score and we had more than 70 per cent of possession. It was not our destiny to finish first or second and we can’t explain it, or maybe we could: we need twice as many chances as our opponents to score.
“I know that what I’m saying. People will dismiss it sarcastically. No-one wants to miss a chance to score and you don’t evaluate teams by the goals they score, but by the chances they create. But of course teams that are efficient make a difference. We were not efficient.”