A historic team from Brazil seeks to hire Marcelo Bielsa: the factors that bring the Loco closer

Bielsa’s last job was at Leeds United, in February of this year (REUTERS / Peter Powell) (PETER POWELL /)

In Brazil they state that Marcelo Bielsa received the proposal of a historic club to take over as coach in 2023. It is the Saintswho is looking for El Loco for the second time, who has not directed since the end of February after being fired by the Leeds United due to lack of good results. Although it is not an easy mission, the president of the Fish He is involved in the negotiations and wants his club to return to the forefront.

As reported balloonsportPresident Andrew Wheel he leads the talks with the coach, whom he tries to convince to be the replacement for the fired Lisca. The Brazilian media pointed out that two other Argentines were also on the radar, Sebastian Beccacece and Mauricio Pellegrino. Another name that sounded was Vanderlei Luxembourgwho was vetoed by the Steering Committee.

This is the second time that Santos wants to hire Bielsa. In 2013, after the departure of Muricy Ramalho, contacts with the coach from Rosario began. Despite complex requests, such as salaries in euros, a team with four assistants, a termination clause at the full value of the contract and the absolute dominance of the club’s football department, they would have been close to the agreement.

At that time, what hindered Loco’s possible arrival at Santos was a request from the coach to take charge of the team just six months later. During this period, one of his assistants would be in charge of the team, while the coach would “immerse” himself in the matches of Serie A and B. El Loco wanted to take that semester to watch all the matches of the two teams.

That proposal would have been after Bielsa left the Athletic Club of Bilbao and beyond the interest of the constant efforts they could not come to fruition.

The Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo is one of the figures of the current Santos team (REUTERS / Carla Carniel)
The Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo is one of the figures of the current Santos team (REUTERS / Carla Carniel) (CARLA CARNIEL /)

However, there would be two points that could seduce the Loco, 67 years old. One is his attraction to historic and iconic teams. Santos has that mysticism for six decades when Pele shone with those colors. The São Paulo team forged other stars like Diego, Robin and his last great figure formed in the club was Neymar.

The other item that could capture the arrival of Bielsa is to ensure that this legendary club can return to the forefront. To the Argentine strategist he loves big challenges. He never directed in Brazil. Today Santos is eleventh in the Brasileirao and is fighting to enter the Copa Sudamericana. In the absence of eleven dates, it occupies the penultimate place of the potential qualifiers, but there are more than ten teams in the fight to enter the second club tournament in South America.

Santos’ last highest point at the continental level was in the 2020 Copa Libertadores, when they reached the final in which they lost 1-0 to Palmeiras.

Bielsa’s history with Brazil dates back 30 years, when he reached the final of the Copa Libertadores directing Newell’s in 1992. He crossed paths with the fearsome San Pablo de Tele Santanabut the duel was defined by penalties.

After being champion with Vélez (1998) he spent five years in the Argentine national team (1999 to 2004). He also worked at Lille and Olympique de Marseille, in France; in the Atlas and America, from Mexico. With Leeds he achieved promotion to the Premier League after 16 years. At the national team level, he also directed Chile and managed to qualify it for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


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