By Liam Thomas

11th Nov, 2022 | 8:49pm

Marcelo Bielsa could ruin Leeds United legacy with Premier League move

Bournemouth are exploring the possibility of appointing former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach, according to the Athletic’s David Ornstein.

It’s a surprising bit of news to say the least, especially after Bielsa reportedly may have turned down taking a role at Burnley out of respect for Leeds United. [El Destape]

But in the weird and wild modern game, anything is possible and Bielsa may just be set for a return to the English top flight.

Now, Bielsa has been linked with clubs before and he will be again, there’s no reason to get carried away with Ornstein’s links just yet.

Bielsa has a track record that the Whites faithful can look towards which suggests he would reject any move Bournemouth would make for him.

The Argentine turned down the River Plate head coach job out of respect for his old club Newell’s Old Boys, who have named their stadium after him. [tycsports]


Going into complete hypothetical mode here, imagine if Bielsa did take the Bournemouth job and the Cherries got embroiled in a relegation fight with Leeds.

Then imagine if this relegation battle turned sour, Bielsa keeps Bournemouth up and Marsch’s Whites sink down to the Championship.

Okay, that’s maybe going a bit over the top there, but there’s always a possibility it could happen if the Argentine took the South Coast role.

Now, in reality, it’s highly unlikely that Bielsa will take the job, especially considering his admirable track record of respect and then you think of the offer to name Thorp Arch after him.

But if he did, would it ruin his Leeds United legacy?

It’s hard to say, but looking at Premier League managers of the past taking roles that conflict with their old taunts it may just do that.

Hopefully, this is just a bit of rubbish speculation and Bielsa has no intentions of going anywhere near the Bournemouth role.

Please, Marcelo, don’t do it.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville will be furious with this major development at Leeds.