Despite his history with Leeds United, Phil Hay of The Athletic claims that Marcelo Bielsa might be open to a return to the Premier League as the manager of the newly-vacant Bournemouth position.
In 2020, under Bielsa’s leadership, Leeds won the EFL Championship and returned to the Premier League after a 16-year hiatus, where they have remained ever since.
After guiding The Whites to a ninth-place finish in 2021, the Argentine manager was fired the following year after the team suffered five straight losses and were just two points clear of the bottom of the league.
Despite being bereft of a managerial position since being fired, Bielsa has been extensively connected to the open position at Bournemouth, and Phil Hay believes he may still accept it, despite the fact that supporters feel he wouldn’t out of loyalty.
The employment at Elland Road ended suddenly for him, and in the weeks following his departure, he was telling individuals close to him that he was open to the notion of working in the UK again, but Hay said, “It was always expected that after Leeds he would take his leave of English football permanently.”
And he was adamant about getting back into coaching, he told them.
The rumours that have been circulating about Bielsa’s possible interest in the vacant coaching position at Bournemouth are sure to upset Leeds supporters, but this is for the simple reason that they would rather not have to look at him every day. Despite the uncertainty, fans shouldn’t be surprised that the Argentine will be back in the dugout as a manager in the Premier League at some point.
The Whites’ promotion was largely due to Bielsa, who revitalised the club’s culture and instilled a winning mindset in a team that had been steadily diminishing.
The memories he gave fans and owner Andrea Radrizanni in the 2019–20 season will last a lifetime.
Potential new Bournemouth owner Billy Foley may see the club as a good fit for someone like Bielsa and his ambitious ideas, but everyone, even El Loco himself, knows that the new tracksuit won’t look quite right on him.