Date: 1st June 2018 at 11:01am
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Leeds United have opened talks with Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa, Football Insider has learned.

The sensational move has come about after it was exclusively revealed by Football Insider that Paul Heckingbottom is set to be sacked when he returns from his holidays this weekend.

Bielsa, 62, would be a stunning replacement at Elland Road and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds have held face-to face talks, and that owner Andrea Radrizzani is personally spearheading the move.

The Argentine is regarded as one of the sharpest managerial minds of the last 30 years and has been hailed as a huge influence by the likes of Pep Guardiola, who hailed him as the best coach in the world, and Mauricio Pochettino.

After retiring as a defender, Bielsa started out in management at Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina in 1990.

In 1998 he took over as manager of Espanyol before high-profile jobs with Argentina, where he held the job for six years from 1998 to 2004, and Chile.

Bielsa won the 2004 Olympic Gold with Argentina and was runner-up in the Europa League with Athletic Bilbao in 2012.

He went on to manage Marseille and Lazio, and his last job was manager of Lille in 2017, where he only lasted seven months after a run of just three wins in 13 games.

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