After Tito Vilanova's resignation the search for a new manager has started quickly. The Barcelona board has promised to give the team a new coach as soon as next week and in the meantime the Blaugrana fans can only speculate who that lucky manager might be. One of the best candidates is Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa is a tactical genius with a long career in football both as a player and a manager. He started his coaching career at Newell's Old Boys, a club where Lionel Messi played as a young boy. Marcelo Bielsa has also managed the Argentina and Chile national team, just to name a few. His latest job was at Athletic Bilbao. During his two year stint at Athletic he led the Basques to Europa League and Copa del Rey finals.
The Argentinean manager is jobless at the moment and that should make him even more attractive in the eyes of the Barcelona board, since there would be no need to negotiate with any other clubs.
During his long and successful career "Loco Bielsa" has gained many admirers, one of them being former Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola, who considers Bielsa a mentor. Pep once described Bielsa's teams as authentic, different and unique, he even declared him the best manager in the world.
The 58-year-old Argentine is famous for his fanatic attention to details. He is known to have a massive collection of football videos that he watches and analyzes to the point of obsession. That may sound a bit scary, but it's the kind of passion FC Barcelona needs in order to claim back their spot as Europe's finest.
Bielsa is known to get the best out of his players creatively and with a megatalented squad like FC Barcelona that is definitely necessary. Bielsa has already worked with Alexis Sanchez and Javier Mascherano at national teams and as a fellow Argentine and Newell's legend Bielsa would also most likely get along well with Lionel Messi.
With all these merits Marcelo Bielsa is definitely a manager worth considering for the Barca job.