Bournemouth has held talks with Marcelo Bielsa over their vacant managerial rule. Since being fired by Leeds in February, Bielsa has been jobless. Should incoming owner Bill Foley opt against hiring interim manager Gary O’Neil, Bielsa has been at the top of Bournemouth’s list. Positive results came from the negotiations with Bielsa, who was amenable to the concept of taking on the new-look project on the south shore. It has not been officially confirmed that Foley, who owns the National Hockey League team Vegas Golden Knights, is the new owner. This week, board members have been meeting in Las Vegas to discuss ideas for the club’s future.
Scott Parker was fired by Bournemouth in August after the team’s 9-0 loss to Liverpool, and the club has been searching for a permanent replacement ever since. Under interim manager O’Neil, the Cherries went six games without a loss, but they have already lost four straight league games and are currently 17th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone. To stay in the top division, Bournemouth wants to hire Marcelo Bielsa, who has previously led the national teams of Chile and Argentina. In July 2020, the 67-year-old Argentine reintroduced Leeds to the Premier League following a 16-year sabbatical.
“It has been suggested that many coaches adhere to my views, however, this is untrue. I use [Gerardo] Martino as an example, who openly admitted that he did not adopt my viewpoints. Although he is a great coach in his own right, he does not adhere to my suggestions,” Bielsa said. “Another example is Eduardo Berizzo, a highly talented coach who I much love. However, he also thinks differently than I do. Mauricio Pochettino is a further, equally evident example that is closer to home for your folks. He has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t share my opinions. I want to be clear that those who claim to support my ideas have stated unequivocally that this is not the case.”
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