Marcelo Bielsa Rejects Offer to Coach Paraguay National Team

Marcelo Bielsa has rejected an offer to coach the Paraguay national team as revealed by Paraguay Football Association (APF) vice-president Alejandro Dominguez.

Following the sacking of Gerardo Pelusso last year, La Albirroja have been looking for a new permanent coach with Victor Genes having been placed in temporary charge for the final stages of the dismal 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.

Bielsa had been out of work after parting with Athletic Bilbao last summer and Dominguez had hoped to land him. But the former Argentina and Chile boss turned down the opportunity of returning to the international arena.

Dominguez said on Radio Monumental, “Bielsa called me to communicate that he was dismissing the possibility of leading the Paraguayan national team.”

Bielsa, who had been linked with the Barcelona job in the past, might have turned down the job because he is now ready to finalize his agreement as the head coach of Ligue 1 outfit Olympique de Marseille.

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