Chile President wants Bielsa to stay as coach
Chile President Sebastian Pinera wants Marcelo Bielsa to remain
as the national team coach, a job the Argentine said two months ago
he would leave when Jorge Segovia was elected head of the national
Segovia’s election has since been annulled, and Pinera said in
an interview that Bielsa should reconsider and not leave ”an
Chile plays a friendly on Saturday in Los Angeles against the
United States. Bielsa has not made his plans clear and Sergio
Jadue, the new president of the national football association, has
said he would try to persuade the coach to stay.
”One should never leave an unfinished project,” Pinera said in
a television interview. ”All of Chile wants the project to have a
Pinera has acknowledged he was given the cold shoulder by Bielsa
at a reception after the team had returned last year from the World
Cup in South Africa. Another source of tension between the two was
Pinera’s reported support for Segovia. Pinera has denied he
Pinera urged Bielsa to continue coaching through this year’s
Copa America – the continental championship in Argentina – and the
2014 World Cup.
”I hope Bielsa stays, and if he wants to stay I am sure
practically every Chilean will thank him,” Pinera said.
Bielsa, Argentina’s former national team coach, is very popular
in Chile after guiding the team in South Africa to its best finish
at a World Cup since 1962.