Marcelo Bielsa exudes class as he rejects another job after Leeds United sacking
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Marcelo Bielsa exudes class as he rejects another job after Leeds United sacking

Marcelo Bielsa will be remembered as a legend by Leeds United fans for a number of reasons – one being his class as a manager and he has just shown that again, by rejecting a huge move to Argentine giants River Plate this week.

Bielsa, 67, is yet to take a job since leaving Leeds back in February and replaced by Jesse Marsch. The Argentine is clearly keen to manage again, and would have returned to Bilbao – had the presidential vote gone a different way.

Still without a job, Bielsa has been linked with the River Plate job. Marcelo Gallardo – the current River boss – has said he will not continue in 2023. Argentine site TyC Sports claim that Martin Demichelis is the favourite for the job.

But they also report that Bielsa had been in talks to take over the job. The River Plate board got into contact with the Leeds legend about taking over. But TyC detail Bielsa’s response, and it is one of huge class and loyalty.

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He says he would not manage a side that would play against his beloved Newell’s Old Boys. The latter’s stadium is named after Bielsa. He said: “I could not manage in a league that has one of its teams whose stadium bears my name.”

Leeds legend Bielsa rejects huge move to River Plate

It would have been a brilliant move for Bielsa. The chance to manage his home country, allowing him to remain close to his family. Something he did not do during his four years in Yorkshire. But it shows his enormous class as a man.

To reject the chance to join River, simply out of respect to Newell’s Old Boys – where he is considered a God – is huge loyalty. That is, despite Bielsa leaving Newell’s 30 years ago as manager. And of course, that he is keen on a new job.

Clearly, Bielsa does not want to manage in his home country. Given it would mean they would have to take on Newell’s. So, if Bielsa does go back into management, it might be that he returns to European football for his next role.

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