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Marcelo Bielsa to become Lille coach

Marcelo Bielsa to become Lille coach
By Reuters

19/02/2017 at 19:54Updated 19/02/2017 at 20:09

Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa will manage Lille next season after both parties reached an agreement on a two-year contract from the 2017-18 season, the French Ligue 1 club said on Sunday.

Bielsa, who had a one-year spell in the French league when he coached Olympique de Marseille in 2014-15, will replace Franck Passi.

Passi was named this month as the replacement for interim coach Patrick Collot.

"Marcelo Bielsa is undoubtedly one of the most respected and influential coaches in the world and being able to bring to LOSC is very satisfying, and is proof of the ambition of our club," said the club' s director Marc Ingla.

Bielsa is nicknamed 'El Loco' - The Crazy One - because of his management style.

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