Marcelo Bielsa, Former Leeds United Manager, Returns as Head Coach of Uruguay, Signing a Contract Until the 2026 World Cup
Marcelo Bielsa Returns to Management, Appointed as Uruguay’s Head Coach
After departing from Leeds United in February 2022, former boss Marcelo Bielsa is back in the managerial spotlight. The enigmatic Argentine, known for his meticulous analysis of opponents and eccentric touchline presence, has been unveiled as the new head coach for Uruguay.
Bielsa, fondly referred to as ‘El Loco’ due to his passionate and unconventional management style, enjoyed a memorable three-and-a-half-year tenure at Leeds. Over the course of 170 games, he recorded an impressive 81 victories and guided the club back to the Premier League in 2020 after a 16-year absence from the top-flight English football.
The Uruguayan Football Association has sealed a deal with Bielsa, securing his services until the 2026 World Cup, set to take place across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. They believe the highly experienced South American tactician will add a new chapter to his illustrious career with La Celeste.
Taking over from Diego Alonso, Bielsa assumes the role following Uruguay’s disappointing group stage exit in the 2022 World Cup. Prior to his latest appointment, Bielsa had notable stints at clubs such as Athletic Club, Marseille, and Lille, as well as international coaching spells with Argentina and Chile.
His inaugural major tournament with the Uruguay national team will be the 2024 Copa America held in the United States. With Bielsa’s emphasis on physicality and tireless work rate, his new group of players can expect an intense and demanding campaign ahead.