'We are in touch' - former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa set to discuss next managerial position

Former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been linked to an immediate return to management after departing Elland Road in February.

By Flora Snelson
Saturday, 26th March 2022, 12:17 pm
Updated Saturday, 26th March 2022, 12:20 pm

The Argentine's three-and-a-half year spell at the club came to an end last month after a run of dismal results forced the club to sack the manager who achieved the Whites' long-held ambition of returning to the Premier League.

Fans responded with mixed emotions to the dismissal as the desire to remain in the top flight contended with affection for the manager who was and remains a hero across West Yorkshire.

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Leeds have since enjoyed a revival under new boss Jesse Marsch, who has eased relegation anxiety by leading the team to back-to-back victories against Norwich City and Wolves which have taken United seven points clear of the drop zone.

Meanwhile, Bielsa has returned to his home in South America, where he has reportedly been shortlisted to become the new manager of the Bolivian national team.

The 66-year-old is one of the game's most respected managers and has experience coaching the national teams of Chile and Argentina under his belt.

The Bolivian FA are hunting a replacement for national team coach César Farías, who has held the post since 2019.

Former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa. Pic: Gareth Copley.

The body's president, Fernando Costa, has confirmed that Bielsa is due to discuss the opportunity just weeks after his emotional Elland Road departure.

"I won't deny that we are in touch with him,' Costa said.

'We have not yet had a meeting, but we are close to speaking with him.

"We are speaking with a number of coaches, including national team managers, and listening to what they have to offer.

Leeds United fans show their appreciation for departed manager Marcelo Bielsa. Pic: James Williamson.

"Once we have a sheaf of proposals we will evaluate them. It is important to know how much money we have available for our national teams."

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