Uruguay formalized the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa as their new coach on Tuesday. A risky choice with this strong character.
The leaders of Uruguay had to secure their backs. Like having an armed legal department to respond to any risks related to the personality of Marcelo Bielsa. Officially appointed on Tuesday as the new coach of La Céleste, the 67-year-old Argentine coach has particularly stood out in recent years in the legal field.
In France, the experiences of “Loco” at OM (July 2014-August 2015) and in Lille, where he was fired after five months (July 2017-Nov. 2017), ended badly. Bielsa has each time taken legal action against his employers claiming compensation of several million euros.
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— Uruguayan National Team (@Uruguay) May 15, 2023
During his last position, on the bench (or the cooler) of Leeds United (June 2018-Feb. 2022), Marcelo Bielsa had marked by his working methods, as in most clubs where he passed.
« The injury problem, for me, has a lot to do with the training method. These players have been over-trained and this has led to them being physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically in a bad state.« , said Jesse Marsch, his successor at the Yorkshire club.
Leeds fans will not forget that Marcelo Bielsa was the architect of the rise in the Premier League in July 2020, before things deteriorated and resulted in his sidelining.
Uruguay fans will certainly not dwell on these considerations. Bielsa still enjoys a certain notoriety in South America and the hope of erasing the failure of the selection in the 2022 World Cup comes first.
Olympic champion in 2004 as coach of Albiceleste, Marcelo Bielsa was also crowned champion of Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys 1991 and 1992. An eternity almost if we put aside the title of English D2 champion with Leeds (2020 ).