Bournemouth ‘are exploring a move for Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach’ after club officials met with prospective new owner Bill Foley in Las Vegas this week to discuss finally replacing Scott Parker
- Bournemouth are looking at the possibility of appointing Marcelo Bielsa as boss
- Club officials have met with prospective new owner to discuss new manager
- Bielsa has been out of work since being sacked by Leeds United in February
- Gary O’Neil has been in interim charge since club sacked Scott Parker in August
Bournemouth are plotting an ambitious move to make former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa their new manager.
The Athletic are reporting that club officials met with prospective new owner Bill Foley in Las Vegas this week, where the appointment of a new manager was high on the topics being discussed.
The Cherries parted ways with Scott Parker in August and placed Gary O’Neil in charge on an interim basis, but the former midfielder is not expected to be in the running for the job on a permanent basis.
Marcelo Bielsa is a possible candidate for the Bournemouth job under club’s new owners
However, Bielsa is on the list of candidates to become the first boss under Foley’s regime, once he passes the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test and can complete the takeover.
Bielsa has been out of work since being sacked by Leeds in February, with the club two points outside the Premier League’s bottom three. He was replaced by Jesse Marsch, who eventually prevented the side from slipping back to the Championship.
The 67-year-old is revered at Elland Road after leading the club back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence in 2020. He went on to keep the club in the division the following campaign, before struggling to repeat the feat that led to to his departure.
Bielsa became a club legend at Leeds after leading the club back to the Premier League
The Argentine has turned down a succession of jobs since leaving Leeds, including an approach from former club Atletico Bilbao. Bielsa also reportedly rejected the chance to coach River Plate, out of respect to his former side Newells Old Boys.
Bournemouth returned to the Premier League this season after two years away, but sacked manager Scott Parker following the side’s 9-0 defeat to Liverpool in August.
The former England midfielder had previously clashed with the board and made public his reservations on the club’s transfer policy.
Gary O’Neil has been in interim charge of Bournemouth since the club sacked Scott Parker
Since Parker’s departure Gary O’Neil has been in charge of the team and has overseen three wins and four draws in his eleven games in charge of the south coast club.
The Cherries currently sit in 17th place in the Premier League, one point above the drop zone, and a move for Bielsa would prevent a huge sign of ambition from the club.
As well as Leeds, Bielsa has previously managed all across the world, including spells in charge of Espanyol, Lazio, Marseille and Lille, as well as stints as national team boss for both Argentina and Chile.
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