Leeds boss Bielsa is ‘overhyped for being Argentinian’, claims rival manager

Bolivia manager Cesar Farias has claimed Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa gets more hype than other South American coaches because he is Argentinian.

Farias claimed Argentine managers "have an advantage" over those from other nations, praising Bielsa's achievements but highlighting the fact that he has not been in charge of a club like Real Madrid.

Speaking on Chilean TV show Conversando En Casa (via El Intransigente ), Farias said: "Be careful, I’m not talking bad about him at all. What happens is that maybe Marcelo has better marketing for being Argentine.

"For me, what he has achieved is wonderful, I hope we can achieve the kind of things that he achieved.

"On the other hand, Bielsa did not manage Real Madrid. In other words, if you have to choose between an Argentine coach and a Venezuelan, obviously they are going to have an advantage, right?"

Bielsa has worked wonders at Leeds, finally securing them promotion to the Premier League after 16 years and the 65-year-old looks set to sign a new contract with the club.

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Director of football Victor Orta revealed the club is having "positive talks" with Bielsa, saying: "We’re having very positive talks with Marcelo daily.

"We’re hoping that we’re going to be working towards the Premier League season (with him) because we’re planning a really good project there."

The club's CEO, Angus Kinnear, also offered an update on Bielsa's future last month in an interview with Sky Sports News.

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  • Kinnear said: "We wanted Marcelo to enjoy the moment and we're also very conscious that he focuses incredibly diligently on the next match and he wanted to win tonight.

    "He wants to honour the competition, then we'll be sitting down and having that conversation. I think he loves the club, he believes in the club.

    "Hopefully he's not finished here, we very much want him to stay and hopefully we can make that happen."

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