Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has never been appointed manager of one of the world’s top clubs because he is not interested in such a role.
That’s according to Bielsa’s former assistant Diego Flores, who does not believe that there is no interest in the Argentine among those considered to be at the very top of the game.
Despite being one of the most talked about and highly rated managers on the planet, Bielsa has yet to take on a role with a club that might be considered a global superpower in the battle for major honours.
Instead, Bielsa has forged his reputation with the likes of Argentina and Chile on the international stage, and sides such as Leeds and Marseille at club level, big sides, but not regular contenders for major honours.
Now it seems that Flores, who worked under Bielsa at both Leeds and Marseille, as well as Lille, feels that that is Bielsa’s choice, and no-one else’s.
Speaking about why Bielsa has never taken a job at one of the world’s major trophy contenders, Flores, who now manages Godoy Cruz in Argentina, was quoted by Infobae as saying: “If he did not manage the greats, the powers, it’s because he did not choose to do so. I don’t know why, but I think it was because of that, nothing more.”
There is of course still time in Bielsa’s career for that to change, although judging by those comments, it seems Flores does not expect that to happen.
You do feel as though these comments from Flores do rather make sense.
Given how highly Bielsa is spoken of by many of the games top managers, it is hard to see why none of the world’s very top clubs wouldn’t want to appoint him.
As a result, it may well be argued that it has been Bielsa’s choice not to take such a role. Given he is a manager that does seem to enjoy a challenge, that could make sense, given the quality those top squads have could make management a rather simple game.
Indeed, given the impact he has made since his arrival at Elland Road, there aren’t going to be many of a Leeds persuasion complaining about the route Bielsa’s career has taken so far.