On Tuesday morning, we covered the first part of an interview which Marcelo Bielsa’s brother gave to Argentine outlet TyC.
Rafael Bielsa said that in case Leeds United get promotion to the Premier League this season, it would be highly unlikely that the manager would leave the Whites in the summer.
TyC also featured another story, this time talking Bielsa’s further future. They wondered if it’s possible that the manager could return to Newell’s Old Boys, his former club who have their stadium named after the coach.
But Rafael considers it to be an unlikely possibility, especially because of the facilities and support that his brother has in Europe.
“There is talk of them, but I always remember Eduardo Galeano: ‘The horizon is to keep walking, not to stay in it’. It’s very good to dream, but you cannot expect that of a boy who lived a much bigger part of his life in a completely different environment.”
“You have to put yourself in the other’s place and see if in Argentina they can play in the same way because the environment in modern football is also something that conditions you a lot. The technological level, the capacity of collaborators, the food, the gyms… Just as football is an industry, industrialists also have workers. It’s not the same everywhere.”
He also praised the English press, claiming that Marcelo Bielsa would get different treatment in Argentina.
“Leeds press conferences are a delight, journalists talk about football. Why should Marcelo be asked, expected or required to manage Newell’s? I can’t be blunt in any way, but I don’t see them as close possibilities either.”
Marcelo Bielsa left his coaching job at Newell’s back in 1993. Since then he’s managed Atlas, America, Velez Sarsfield, Espanyol, Argentina, Chile, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lille and Leeds United.