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Ex-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa set to become new Uruguay head coach

Bielsa emerges as top candidate to replace Lampard at Everton

Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly agreed to become the new manager of Uruguay’s national team. 

According to Mundo Deportivo, the 67-year-old will arrive in Montevideo over the weekend to sign the agreement. 

He will replace Diego Alonso who resigned from his position after a disappointing 2022 World Cup campaign that saw them exit the tournament in the group stage. 

The Argentine will sign a contract through to the 2026 World Cup. 

His first matches will likely be friendlies against Nicaragua and Cuba in June before South American World Cup qualifying matches in September. 

Bielsa has been out of a job since leaving Leeds United in February 2022. 

His time in Yorkshire was highly successful as he led the Whites to Premier League promotion after a 16-year absence. 

The former Athletic Bilbao manager also secured a ninth-place finish the following season but a disappointing 2021-22 campaign saw him leave Elland Road in February.  

However, he was so popular among the Leeds fans that they were still singing his name even after a streak of poor results. 

Bielsa was also linked with Everton after they sacked Frank Lampard in January. But he turned down the Toffees’s offer and Sean Dyche later became their manager. 

Bielsa previously managed Argentina from 1998 to 2004. He led La Albiceleste to a disappointing 2002 World Cup campaign where they were eliminated from the group stages. 

However, the Argentine left his position on a high after winning the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. 

He also coached Chile between 2007 and 2011. 

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