Marcelo Bielsa is believed to be negotiating a deal to become the next Swansea manager, following the sacking of Gary Monk.
Described in 2012 as “the best manager in the world” by Pep Guardiola, there seems to be a great deal of excitement regarding his potential arrival. So, just who is he?
Bielsa revolutionised the Chilean national team, guiding them to unprecedented heights and placing the foundation for the current team.
He directed them to their first ever win over rivals Argentina, inking his name in Chilean football folklore. Alongside this, he also took his side to the 2010 World Cup where they qualified from their group, only to lose against Brazil in the next round.
Bielsa admits that his style of play is influenced by the 1970s Dutch side as he likes to impress upon his players the importance of fluid passing, utilising the counter-attack.
He is also known for implementing an unorthodox 3-3-3-1 formation. Employing such a set-up at Chile, Argentina, Atheltic Bilbao and Marseille, he argues that it argues for greater transition from defence to attack: adding a further dimension to the fluid football he demands.
Bielsa is known for a being obsessive…
Good appointment? (if he does sign)
Yes, he will continue the philosophy of direct, quick, attractive football which is deeply embedded at the Liberty Stadium. His proclivity for attention-to-detail will also serve him well in the most competitive league in Europe.
Eccentricities and idiosyncrasy aside, Swans fans should feel content if Bielsa does decided to take over at Swansea.