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Aston Villa eyeing Marcelo Bielsa for manager vacancy

Aston Villa could be set to move for a former Premier League manager who is very highly rated…

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Journalist Ben Jacobs, speaking to the Off The Ball podcast, issued a small update on Johan Lange’s quest to fill his club’s managerial vacancy.

He claimed: “Two outsiders just to keep an eye on, Bielsa, former Leeds manager, and AVB too.

“It’s an open race at the moment but one thing I do know is that a lot of the legwork behind formulating a short list and touting candidates had been done a week ago, which means the Villa board are not starting from now in terms of their recruitment.”

He could take them to the top

Marcelo Bielsa has earned the highest praise across the footballing world for his contribution to the various clubs he has graced.

His most notable success for English clubs was with Leeds United, where he finally gave the club what they had been craving for so long, returning them to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

Would Marcelo Bielsa be a success at Aston Villa?





His outlandish, unorthodox but often brilliant brand of football saw them walk the Championship and finish in a sensational ninth in their returning season in the top flight.

Whilst his tenure may have ended on a sour note, having been dismissed by the Whites after a run of poor performances, his impact on the game as a whole cannot be overstated.

The Argentine was labelled a “genius” by Mauricio Pochettino and the “best coach in the world” by Pep Guardiola, top praise from some of the greatest coaches themselves in Europe.

Bielsa’s style of play does have risks that could result in a drop-off in results, but when it works his teams can compete with anyone. Perhaps with a much-improved squad to the largely Championship-level he had at Elland Road, he truly could excel.

Their win over Manchester City in April of 2021 stands testament to this, as they beat the would-be champions with ten men.

The upsides of appointing the 67-year-old are remarkable, and he really could take them to the very top. However, they have to be wary of the potential downsides too.