Despite only being appointed head coach of the Ligue 1 side at the beginning of this term, Bielsa is reportedly already considering leaving the French club, as per L'Equipe.
Having started the season in incredible form, L’OM have struggled recently, and they currently sit third in the league table, four points off leaders Lyon and two behind PSG. It is unlikely that they will overtake either of those two clubs before the end of the campaign, although they look solid enough to stay ahead of fourth-placed Monaco - who are seven points behind, though they retain a game in hand.
It would be a surprise to see the Argentine coach leave France after just one year, but it would come as no surprise to see him back in work almost immediately if he does. A highly respected figure in world football due to his tactical theory and inventive solutions, the 59-year-old has achieved cult status with Athletic Club, and the national teams of Argentina and Chile - despite not winning a domestic trophy since 1998.
With the continuous changing of managers in the Premier League, it is inevitable that some clubs will be managerless by the summer, and we take a look at three teams who should look at Bielsa ahead of the 2015/16 season.
The Magpies will likely be in need of a new manager come the start of the new campaign, with John Carver set to be replaced, and they could do much worse than look to Bielsa. A club of great tradition would appeal to a manager of his status, and he could restore some of the pride to St James’ Park. Renowned for his high-energy attacking play, the Argentine coach would likely emulate the ‘The Entertainers’ of Kevin Keegan, and he would be a good choice to rebuild a squad that is slowly being torn apart. The young attacking players - such as Rolando Aarons - would benefit from his desire to move forward, although Bielsa’s slightly odd personality would likely cause friction with Magpies owner Mike Ashley.
A choice reliant on league positioning at the season’s end, with Roberto Martinez currently suffering with the Toffees. Progressing well in the Europa League, they are only six points off the relegation places, but one would consider there to be three teams much worse than the Merseyside club in the battle for top flight survival. If Everton chiefs want a change of direction in the summer, Bielsa would bring all of the same traits as Martinez, but with a wealth of experience behind him. He desires to play the same style of attacking football as the Spanish coach, and Romelu Lukaku would excel as the lone striker in his 3-3-3-1 formation, but the questions over his defensive system could result in the same problems as Martinez is facing currently. He is not the coach to return defensive solidity to Goodison Park, but he would aid the development of the Toffees young squad, and would be a fine choice.
The Gunners 3-1 defeat at home to Monaco in the Champions League this week ramped up the pressure on Arsene Wenger that had seemingly died off following a series of good performances. Whenever the North London club are exposed by an opponent, Wenger’s tactical deficiencies are highlighted, and it is hard to see him staying in the fans’ good books with regular disappointments. Although he will never be sacked, if the club could usher him into a directorial role this summer, it would open the door to Bielsa, who would, like in the case with Everton, be able to get the best out of the attacking players in the Arsenal squad. As with the Toffees, a defensive coach would be required to fix outstanding problems, and the squad is arguably a bit too lightweight to deal with Bielsa’s system, but he would bring rejuvenation to a stale Arsenal side. The only doubt for a club of Arsenal’s size is his lack of silverware, but that should be overlooked in favour of what he would bring to the club.
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