Marcelo Biesla to be appointed as Uruguay manager after disappoining 2022 FIFA World Cup exit: Reports
After Uruguay’s World Cup group-stage elimination, Marcelo Bielsa is allegedly in the race to succeed Diego Alonso as the country’s next manager. In spite of beating Ghana in their final group game on Friday, Alonso’s team was eliminated from the competition on goals scored after South Korea defeated Portugal with a late goal.
Despite having great expectations going into Qatar, Uruguay’s World Cup has already been over, with the squad scoring just two goals in their three games, putting Alonso’s position in jeopardy. According to TyC Sports, Bielsa is thought to be a candidate that Uruguay is considering if they decide to make a change in the dugout.
In England, Bielsa is best known for his four-year spell at Leeds, during which time he led the team to the Premier League after a 16-year absence. The Argentine was incredibly beloved by the club’s supporters but was fired in February as a result of a string of disappointing results.
Amidst Uruguay rumors, Marcelo Bielsa has managed top International teams in the past
After talks to return to the Premier League as Bournemouth’s manager broke down recently, the South Coast club has now appointed Gary O’Neil as their permanent manager after he performed well during his temporary charge. Bielsa has also managed European clubs particularly Athletic Bilbao, Lille, Marseille & his infamous 2 days stint at Lazio.
If Bielsa were to land the Uruguay manager role, it wouldn’t be his first foray into national team management. He led Argentina for six years, from 1998 to 2004, winning a gold medal at the Athens Olympics. He also oversaw Chile from 2007 to 2011, leading the team to the 2010 World Cup’s last-16 before Brazil eliminated them.