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Lille suspend coach Marcelo Bielsa for ‘unauthorised trip to Chile to see friend battling stomach cancer’

Lille have suspended manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Reports in France say the Argentinian manager went on an unapproved outing to Chile to visit previous national group assistant Luis Bonini, who is fighting for his life (stomach cancer).

Lille as of now sit second-bottom in the Ligue 1 table in the wake of humilating seven defeats in their opening 13 matches, including a 3-0 lowering at Amiens on Monday evening.

The announcement, which was posted on the club’s website on Wednesday evening, read: ‘Lille has chosen today to immediately suspend Marcelo Bielsa from coaching as a major aspect of a strategy initiated by the club.’

The club have not discharged any further subtle facts on the suspension.

It isn’t the first run through Bielsa has been amidst of controversy amid his managerial career.

The 62-year-old demanded he would leave as Chile coach if Jorge Segovia was chosen as leader of the Chile FA, and he did in February 2011.

 

Bielsa’s past spell in Ligue 1 finished after only one match accountable for Marseille in 2014 in the wake of leaving the part following an opening-day misfortune to Caen.

He was appointed Lazio head manger last season however kept going just two days in the wake of delivering his resignation.

Bielsa has a notoriety for being a strategic genius, with his 3-3-3-1 formation influencing generation of managers Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.

The Manchester City manager has called Bielsa a ‘virtuoso’ before.

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