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