Sniff…Whimper…Sniff…Bielsa’s out at Lille.
Bielsa, a man of impeccable personal integrity, flew to Chile to visit Luis Bonini a former assistant suffering with cancer. Strange, Lille’s official position was that Bielsa was “suspended”. I haven’t heard that one before. Is that the football version of “creative differences”?
The break up was inevitable, but this time Bielsa seemed set for success.
He showed up.
He got his requested transfers.
And he received a blessing to coach Lille from a prominent Marseille ultra.
It wasn’t enough.
To further the Bielsa legend Julien Laurens tweeted a picture (via @MaryPatrux) a few days ago of Bielsa watching a Lille match on his laptop:
Are we sure it was the Lille match? Or was he logging into his Steam account?
I’ll take Julien’s word.
P.S. Where to next for Bielsa? My only Christmas wish, the US mens national team.