Former Liverpool boss unconvinced by Bielsa's bright start

Marseille Velodrome

Despite leading Ligue 1 by five points after nine games. Gerard Houllier is not convinced that Marcelo Bielsa's success is sustainable.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier may be working on the other side of the Atlantic, but he still likes to keep an eye on football in his own country.

Speaking to french radio station RMC this week, the man who won Ligue 1 twice with Lyon between 2005 and 2007 is holding judgement before getting carried away in the hysteria surrounding Marseille and new coach Marcelo Bielsa.

OM started the season slowly; a 3-3 away draw at Bastia was followed by defeat in their first game at the new Stade Velodrome against Montpellier.

Since that defeat, things have clicked under Bielsa’s guidance, with his side winning seven straight games and leading Ligue 1 by five points over Bordeaux.

Houllier suggested that it was far too early to say if the new OM coach will succeed in his mission to win Le Championnat this season.

He went on to suggest that Bielsa was perfect for a club like Marseille at the moment, they are chasing short-term results and that is how Bielsa works.

“The players like him, they recognise that he is a character and someone who has a personality that is a little bit different," he said.

Despite his amazing start to life at Marseille, they are other doubts over whether he, or his team, can sustain this momentum for a whole campaign.

Bielsa has continued to use the same players in all seven victories, and without a level of rotation within the squad, he is in trouble of his team burning out before the end of the season.

It has emerged recently that the Argentine coach has a clause in his contract that could see him leave Marseille at the end of the current season.

He is scheduled to manage there until the end of the 2015/16 season, but with the early problems with transfer targets and the business that was completed, it will be a worry that Bielsa could become a one-season wonder in the French league.

Houllier was a huge part of the great Lyon dynasty that won seven straight titles in Ligue 1, and if he is right about Bielsa, then it is clear that this won’t be the start of a great era for Marseille - more just a fleeting passing of success.

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