By Ben Brown

19th Apr, 2022 | 5:10pm

Colombia latest to eye up Marcelo Bielsa after Leeds United sacking

A South American national side is reportedly in the race for Marcelo Bielsa, with Colombia considering the Argentine following his sacking at Leeds United.

Bolivia were linked with El Loco [Daily Mail] shortly after his departure from Elland Road but it is now believed their South American rivals may be looking at appointing the 66-year-old.

Colombian radio station Caracol (18 April) reported that Bielsa is near the top of Los Cafeteros shortlist but that salary may be a stumbling block after his bumper deal at Leeds also covered his extensive backroom teams expenses.

It was incredibly emotional when Bielsa left Leeds after all he’d done for the club, both on the pitch and off it.

Returning the club to the Premier League after 16 years in the wilderness was always going to make him a legend at Elland Road but it is his magnanimous, humble character as well as the beautiful football which made fans take him into our hearts.

Time as it always does moves on though, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see El Loco hunched on his hind legs on the touchline barking orders to his players once again soon.

Bielsa was last in charge of a national side when departing Chile in 2011, having led them to the last-16 of the 2010 World Cup before being knocked out by Brazil.

That was Chile’s first appearance at the finals since 1998 and he was given much praise for his development of young talents such as Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas.

Having seen Bielsa turn water into wine at Elland Road, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the wily Argentine do it once more with a side on the international stage.

In other Leeds United news, Tony Dorigo has praised this ‘gigantic’ development at the club over the last week.