In what has been one of the most trying periods of time for Leeds United in the last two or three years, more drama looks set to be building. The club recently announced the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa, the legendary Argentine who brought the club back to the Premier League. In his place came Jesse Marsch, the smooth-talking American who was recently sacked by RB Leipzig for overseeing a disastrous half-season.
Now, reports are coming out from the club that Chief Executive Angus Kinnear will resign. The reports suggest he will go at the end of the season, when it is highly likely that Leeds will face a rebuild regardless. There is also talk that Victor Orta could leave, with the club less than impressed with his transfer dealings in the recent windows.
Despite taking much of the credit for landing Bielsa in the first place, much of the transfers in the Premier League era have been letdowns. Even the likes of Rodrigo have failed to fire with any meaningful form. This has led to talk that major change will take place this summer, with Kinnear almost certain to go. Orta looks set to follow. For Leeds then the question will be how much of the Bielsa era will remain for the 2022-23 season.
Leeds look in poor form, with the club shipping a Premier League record number of goals for a single month. Bielsa looked tired and a parting of the ways this summer felt inevitable. However, the shock nature of the exit and the increased Americanisation of the club means that there will be likely further exits.
Kinnear, then, looks set to be one of the various names who will depart after what has been a successful, if chaotic, era for Leeds.
Why is Kinnear set to resign?
Most reports suggest that the pressure of the season and the relative failure of this year means that many will be paying with their jobs. Kinnear is suggested to leave mainly due to the failure of the club to continue progressing. Kinnear, who has been part of the Elland Road setup since 2017, has been a key part in the clubs transformation over the last few seasons.
However, it looks like he has run his course and looks set to move on at the end of the season. This will come as no shock to some fans, with an entire shake-up of the club expected. Much of what has gone on at Leeds was by decree of Bielsa; with the one-man show gone, there might be more of a committee-led styling of the club in the future.
Marsch fits that bill, and it will be interesting to see how Leeds structure around the new coach hiring. Kinnear, though, looks like he will forever be tethered to the success of the Bielsa era. If he does go, most Leeds fans can look back fondly on what was one of the few Chief Executives of modern times to get more right than they got wrong.