Wales Online are reporting that Swansea City are interested in appointing former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa as successor to Garry Monk. Bielsa coached Marseille last year before quitting one game into this season. Bielsa is 1/2 with Paddy Power to be the next manager at the Liberty Stadium.
Bielsa is known as one of the finest theorists of the game. He is unique and influential in football, with his high-intensity style spawning a number of coaching acolytes including Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli. Following a defeat, Sampaoli once wrote a letter of apology to Bielsa for failing to do justice to his style of play.
The Argentine refuses to give exclusive interviews, and only communicates his style of play at press conferences. These conferences have been known to last up to three hours, such is the detail he gives.
Bielsa managed Argentina at the 2002 World Cup and Chile at the 2010 World Cup. He was also the manager of the Athletic Blilbao team that reached the Europa League final in 2012, a run which included a 5-3 aggregate win over Alex Ferguson's Manchester United.
He has never managed in the Premier League, doesn't speak English, and at 60 he would buck Swansea's ususal trend of appointing young managers. It would be a risk on Swansea's part, but boy would we like to see it.