Former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been tipped to make a sensational return to Athletic Bilbao this summer as he looks for his first post Elland Road job.
Bielsa was sacked by Leeds in February following a dismal 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur which was the culmination of four straight defeats that saw the Whites concede a whopping 17 goals. The 66-year-old was replaced by Jesse Marsch, who managed to keep Leeds up on the final day of the Premier League season thanks to a 2-1 win over Brentford.
Bielsa will always be fondly remembered at Elland Road. He was after all the man who guided Leeds back to the Premier League following over a decade in the Football League wilderness.
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Similarly, he is also fondly remembered for his time with Athletic Club too, after he helped the Basque giants reach the Europa League final in 2012. And fresh reports have surfaced that the legendary coach could be set to return to Athletic Club, but not to replace current manager Marcelino.
According to Marca Argentina and La Voz Deportiva, Bielsa is currently being considered for a director of football like role.
With club elections coming up, Marca report Bielsa is on the radar of those in charge of Athletic Club. They state that two of the presidential candidates are interested in bringing Bielsa in to help coordinate its footballing direction.
Those reports from Marca are backed up by La Voz Deportiva, who also claim two of the presidential candidates have offered him a role at the club that will allow him to oversee all things football.
The club elections are set to take place on 24 June.