Marcelo Bielsa stepped down as manager of Leeds United in February. (Reuter)
The first talks between the management of the Saints of Brazil and the Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa “They were positive” and in the next few days they will meet again to continue moving towards a contract, according to the Brazilian press on Saturday.
The president of Santos, Andres Rueda, He deals with the negotiations with Bielsa, who conducts them personally as he has done throughout his career, not having a representative.
Bielsa, whose last job was at Leeds United in the Premier Leaguemade no claims that the club considered impossible, with the expectation of wanting to be in charge of the entire football department and ask for a greater investment in the recruitment of the players, as indicated Sports ball.
In Santos, who in recent years has not been successful with any coach, they see no obstacles in the possibility that Bielsa, 67 years oldis responsible for football in general and they believe that with their experience they will be better than their predecessors.
Currently, the talks between Santos and Bielsa are still at an early stage and the parties did not discuss financial issues and the duration of the contract.
Bielsa spent six years at the helm of the Argentine national team, from 1999 to 2004, he worked at Newell’s Old Boys and Vélez, at Olympique de Marseille and Lille, in France; Lazio, from Italy; Atlas and America, from Mexico; Athletic Bilbao, Spain; and in the Chilean team, in addition to the aforementioned Leeds United.
The challenge of putting a great man back in the spotlight
Santos, who had their heyday in the 1960s under Pele and returned to the top in 2011 with a new Copa Libertadores in the hands of Neymar Jr, want to regain their prestige in top-level Brazilian football and with budget millionaires, but dominated by Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Palmeiras.
In the current Brasileirao, Santos is eleventh with 34 points and remains in the positions that qualify for the Copa Sudamericana, even if there are still 11 dates left for the final.
This Tuesday he will receive the Copa Libertadores finalist Athlético Paranaense for the 28th date of the championship.