‘The time has come’: Marcelo Bielsa takes over as manager of Uruguay
‘The time has come’: Marcelo Bielsa takes over as manager of Uruguay –
Marcelo Bielsa has been named the new coach of Uruguay, the country’s FA announced on Monday, with the former Leeds manager signing a contract until 2026. The Argentinian takes over following the exit of Diego Alonso, after Uruguay failed to reach the World Cup knockout stages.
“The fans are calling for games and emotions. The time has come,” read a message on the team’s official Twitter account, which also confirmed the appointment.
Bielsa, who is expected to be presented at a press conference on Wednesday, returns to coaching after his departure from Leeds in February 2022. Bielsa led Leeds into the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
The 67-year-old, who also had spells with Marseille and Athletic Bilbao, has previously coached Argentina and Chile at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups respectively.
Bielsa’s tenure will begin with two home friendlies, against Nicaragua and Cuba, next month.