OM Mercato: After going through ups and downs in Leeds, a former OM coach was able to find one of his former clubs in La Liga.
OM Mercato: Marcelo Bielsa to Athletic Bilbao
Emblematic coach of Olympique de Marseille during the 2014-2015 season, Marcelo Bielsa has had a great experience with Leeds United since then. First of all, the Argentine coach allowed the Whites to return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence and then remain comfortably in the top league. But the fourth season will have been fatal for Bielsa, who was sacked in February for his poor results at the head of the team (Leeds flirted with the red zone).
This end of adventure with the whites didn’t stop the former OM coach from pleasing, especially in La Liga. According to information from Foot MercatoMarcelo Bielsa was able to find quickly Athletic Bilbaoa club he coached between 2011 and 2013. The Basques have been looking for a new coach since Marcelino left, and one of the club’s presidential candidates has said he will nominate the 66-year-old.Inaki Arechabaleta†
The result planned for next Friday
To elect the president of Athletic Bilbao, elections should be held this Friday. So the fate of Marcelo Bielsa could be set today. The former Leeds United coach also spoke about his possible acquisition at San Mamés: “I told Arechabaleta that it was best for Marcelino to continue because he had room to grow. Finally, after Marcelino’s decision, I started thinking about giving him a positive answer. The quality of this team is comparable to that of ten years ago. I would like to join a group that can try to have a version of a level comparable to that of 2011-2013” he told the press.
Marcelo Bielsa was therefore able to find a bench in La Liga this Friday. After a rewarding experience at Leeds, should be discussed again at Athletic Bilbao. Reminder: “El Loco” has already reached the final of the Europa League with the Basque club in 2011, against Atlético Madrid (3-0 defeat). He also played in the Spanish Cup final against FC Barcelona in 2012, but suffered another 3-0 defeat. In Bilbao, Marcelo Bielsa could therefore be the man for the job of straightening out the Basque club, eighth in last La Liga season.