Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has come out and said that Leeds is targetting a return to the Champions League. Their promotion to the top tier of English football for the first time in 1 year was sealed following West Broms defeat to Huddersfield. They then clinched the title when Brentford was defeated by Stoke City. Leeds was part of the Champions League for 6 years between 1998-2003 with their best finish being a semi-finalist in 2001.
“Whilst we’re celebrating, whilst we’re all very excited, we’ve got back to where we belong. This really is the base camp for Leeds United,” said Kinnear, who was appointed by Leeds in 2017. “Leeds United shouldn’t be a Championship side, they should be a Premier League side, so really the challenge starts now and it’s about competing in the PL. Now it’s going to be really about building on that and making sure that over the next few years we start to compete at the level Leeds should be competing in, which ultimately is the top six, and that’s always been our aim. Leeds should have a Premier League team. Candidly, Leeds should have a Champions League team and that’s the vision.”
Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa has overseen Leeds return to the top flight this season after last seasons disappointing defeat to Derby in the semi-final pf the playoffs last season. Bielsa has become extremely popular with the Lees’s supporters thanks largely to his largely expansive playstyle. The 64-year-olds contract runs out at the end of the season but Kiennar said he was confident an extension would be agreed on. “Victor, Andrea and I will be straight in with Marcelo next week and talking about plans for next season,” Kinnear said. “He has a review, he knows the direction he wants to take the club in and it will go from things we need on the playing side, right through to changes he wants to be made at Thorp Arch and in the backroom staff, and obviously his own personal arrangements as well we need to resolve.”