Ex-Leeds boss Bielsa meets with Bournemouth officials

Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has spoken to Bournemouth about their vacant manager’s job.

Bielsa, 67, has emerged as a viable candidate to take over on a permanent basis from Scott Parker, who was sacked after just four matches this season.

Gary O’Neil has been doing the job on an interim basis since August.

After a six-game unbeaten run, the Cherries have lost their past four top-flight games and are now just a point and a place above the relegation zone.

O’Neil could still get the job but Bielsa would be a glamour choice for a club about to enter into a new era when Bill Foley’s takeover goes through.

The Argentine is still revered by Leeds fans for the job he did at Elland Road, even though the club were on a downward spiral when he was sacked in February.

He joined Leeds in 2018 and oversaw their return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, finishing ninth in their first season back in the top flight.

Leeds had finished mid-table in the Championship in six of the previous seven seasons before Bielsa’s arrival.