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Bournemouth to open talks with Marcelo Bielsa for managerial vacancy at Vitality Stadium

Bielsa spent over three years at Elland Road before a run of poor results saw him out of a job in England but could be in line for a Premier League return on the south coast


Struggling Bournemouth could be in line to receive a massive boost to their efforts in achieving Premier League safety for the 2023-24 season after reports via SkySports detail the Cherries targeting Marcelo Bielsa for the managerial vacancy at Vitality Stadium.

Bielsa, most known on English shores for his documented period at Elland Road with Leeds United, has a fantastic managerial CV that would constitute somewhat of a coup if Bournemouth was to secure his services during the current campaign after he helped guide Leeds back to the PL while offering up high-octane football to keep the storied club in the top flight after achieving its return.

More well-known in Spain and his native Argentina for periods on the touchline at Athletic Club and Newell’s Old Boys respectively, Bielsa is immensely experienced at the top level and his guidance could be just what the doctor ordered for a Bournemouth outfit languishing just outside of the bottom three but harbors aspirations of longevity in the Premier League.

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According to SkySports, “...negotiations with Bielsa were positive and he was open to the idea of working on the new-look project on the south coast” after club brass were in Las Vegas to nail down a long-term direction for the club after hopeful new ownership will be made official in the vein of Bill Foley, who also owns the NHL’s Las Vegas franchise, the Golden Knights.

With what would amount to a £120m takeover that would likely come with increased financial backing, a move for Bielsa would certainly proceed spending in the market to provide the Argentine with the players necessary for his brand of football, which is something seen at Leeds when Vitor Orta was brought in as Director of Football to aid Bielsa in acquiring the profiles required.

With half of the league campaign left and time for him to sink his teeth into another project, Bournemouth fans should certainly feel optimistic.


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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