Leeds United appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager in the summer, months after he was sacked at Lille.
In May 2017, he took charge of the Ligue 1 outfit and pushed out senior figures in the squad, which included the club’s former captain, Rio Mavuba.
At Stade Pierre-Mauroy, the Argentine coach managed 15 games in all competitions, including 13 games in the league.
Lille lost over 50 percent of their matches under Bielsa’s guidance last season.
A series of poor results forced the club to part ways with him just six months into his two-year contract. Lille chief executive Marc Ingla spoke to Canal + on Wednesday and explained why his appointment was a disaster.
“If we regret the signing of Bielsa? Yes and no. It was a dream to have him, and when we traded with him it was a good idea, but it was the practice that did not work,” Ingla said, as quoted by Le10 Sport.
“It was a pleasure to be with him and share those moments, but on the practical side, it was really a disaster.”
Things have been good for Biesla and Lille since they parted ways, especially during this season. The South American manager’s current side, Leeds United, are on top of the league table, while the French club are third in the table, level on points with second place Montpellier.
They just weren’t suited.