Without a club since the premature end of his adventure on the Leeds bench, Marcelo Bielsa is in the small papers of the Brazilian club Santos.
Arrived in Leeds in 2018, Marcelo Bielsa left the club three and a half years later. Meanwhile, the Argentine strategist has achieved the feat of bringing the club back to the Premier League, sixteen years after his last appearance in the elite of English football. A feat that gave the Argentinian legitimacy and undeniable love in the hearts of the supporters. A passage almost as significant as for fans of Olympique de Marseille, during Bielsa’s only season on the Marseille bench. Free since last Februarythe tactician is always looking for a new challenge.
And the opportunity could be given to him on the side of Brazil. Adrift for more than a month, Santos have won only one of their last six games. Falling back to eleventh place in the Brazilian Serie A standings, the club has just fired Lisca and is looking for a new coach. According to Globo, three other solutions were first mentioned: Sebastian Beccacece, Luxemburgo and Mauricio Pelligrino. But now, President Andres Rueda is in discussion with the Bielsa clan. According to the media, the management of Santos is however aware that it will be difficult to convince the Argentinian who has never coached in Brazil.
Already close to concluding
In 2013, there were already approaches to replace at the time Muricy Ramalho. Marcelo Bielsa had almost accepted, but Globo explains that everything had then flipped because the coach had asked to disembark only six months later, proposing that one of his assistants replace him in the meantime.