The U.S. Soccer Federation has contacted former Chile and Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa about taking up a role as technical director for the men's national team, according to a report out of South America. The report, coming from Argentine publication Tandil Diario, has yet to be corroborated by other sources, but suggests that Bielsa could make up to $3 million per year in the position.
“We have always stated that adding a technical director, or a similar position, on the men’s side is something we are exploring,” U.S. Soccer spokesperson Neil Buethe said to MLSsoccer.com, “but we have not made any decisions at this point.”
The report claims that as technical director, Bielsa would have control over all aspects of the U.S. men's national program, including youth development, though Bob Bradley would remain as the head coach of the senior national team.
Bielsa has also reportedly received more lucrative offers from Qatar and Saudi Arabia to coach those countries' national teams.
The outspoken Bielsa is famous for his attacking tactics and minute attention to detail on the soccer field. He led Chile to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup, and has also coached the Argentina national team and won titles in Argentina with Vélez Sarsfield and Newell's Old Boys.
Other reports indicate that Bielsa was spotted in Mexico, and linked him with positions at Pachuca and América. Pachuca president Andrés Fassi, however, denied that his team were pursuing Bielsa. It remains to be seen whether Bielsa is in Mexico to vacation or whether he is investigating the possibility of coaching there.
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