Marcelo’s long and winding coaching career could take him back to Mexico after all these years.
Bielsa is in talks about assuming the vacant role of head coach of Mexico’s national soccer team, ESPN reported Tuesday, citing French magazine L’Equipe. A representative of Bielsa reportedly met Tuesday with Mexican federation officials in Monterrey, and the Argentine is thought to be the leading contender for the job.
In fact, Bielsa might already be preparing for a future role with Mexico, according to FutbolTotal’s Eric Gomez.
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Bielsa currently is the head coach at French club Olympique Marseille but he’s entering the final year of his contract. Mexico could acquire him without paying too high a price. Bielsa is popular among players and fans at Marseille but he previously clashed with the club’s board over transfers. Those tensions might continue to exist at the the Stade Velodrome.
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Bielsa, 60, is one of the most respected coaches in the soccer world, having led clubs in four countries and guided the national teams of both Argentina and Chile. His teams’ styles of play often bear his distinctive imprint.
Bielsa coached Mexican clubs Atlas and Club America during the 1990s before embarking on a European and international coaching career. Bielsa could replace Miguel Herrera, whom Mexico fired last month following an altercation with a reporter at Philadelphia international airport.
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