This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 17 °C Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Announced as Lazio boss two days ago, Marcelo Bielsa has just resigned

The colourful Argentine was expected in Rome this weekend.

Image: Claude Paris/AP/Press Association Images

JUST TWO DAYS after Lazio confirmed him as their new boss, Marcelo Bielsa has performed a dramatic u-turn and decided against taking up the role.

The former Argentina manager had been due in Rome on Saturday to finally sign the deal but it seems that he’s now changed his mind.

The Italian giants released a statement last night in which they effectively terminated Bielsa’s deal, revealing he hadn’t shown up and was four days late.

Supposedly, the original plan was for Bielsa to arrive in the city on Tuesday and be officially unveiled the following day.

However, due to Bielsa’s non-appearance, the club was forced to come up with a new plan.

They announced the deal anyway and said the 60-year-old would arrive this weekend.

Spain Soccer La Liga Source: Andres Kudacki

However, it became clear throughout Thursday that the deal was off.

It’s thought that Lazio are investigating the possibility of legal action but with pre-season training set to begin imminently, the priority is finding a new coach.

Former Lazio player Simone Inzaghi will take the reins for the moment.

Bielsa, a colourful character and legendary tactical mind, was last in charge of Marseille but spent only one season at the Stade Velodrome.

Beginning his management career in Argentina, he took over as the national coach in 1998 and stayed until 2004.

There was a memorable four-year stint as the Chile manager too before a two-year spell with Athletic Bilbao.

The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!

Roberto Mancini ready to throw his name in the hat for England job – reports

The long-term one! Jurgen Klopp signs new Liverpool contract until 2022

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

About the author:

Eoin O'Callaghan

Read next: