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Lille appoint Bielsa as new head coach

Marcelo Bielsa is back in French football. Photo: PA

Ligue 1 side Lille have appointed former Marseille and Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach.

The Argentine will take up the role from the summer, with his contract beginning on July 1.

Bielsa has signed a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.

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.

– Marc Ingla, Lille director
Marcelo Bielsa was previously Athletic Bilbao coach. Credit: PA

Bielsa is well known for his intense methods and high energy style of play. He has earned the nickname 'El Loco' (The Crazy One) due to his managerial style.