Marcelo Bielsa resigns from Marseille, reportedly close to becoming new Mexico manager

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No matter the time of year, the managerial merry-go-round never stops spinning and spinning and spinning.

Despite the fact that it was opening day in the Premier League, Saturday was no different, as Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa, who has recently been linked with the head Mexican national team job, announced his resignation from the Ligue 1 club.

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At roughly 5 pm ET Satruday, Bielsa announced he was resigning from his post as Marseille’s first-team manager, effectively immediately.

Less than two hours later, it was reported by ESPN’s John Sutcliffe that Bielsa, 60, is very close to agreeing to become the new manager of the Mexican national team, filling the vacancy left by the recent firing of Miguel Herrera.

According to Sutcliffe’s report, all that remained to be agreed was a contract for Bielsa — translation: how much will the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) have to pay the Argentine?

In terms of name recognition, Bielsa would be an absolute home run hire for the FMF, but the biggest of questions regarding Bielsa’s suitability for the job will remain long into his tenure: given how little time he will have his players in camp — particularly ahed of the October playoff against the US national team for a place in the Confederations Cup — can Bielsa install his complex system of high pressing and quick transition in a timely enough manner?

While Mexico clearly have a talented enough and deep enough pool of players to pick from in order to fit his usual 3-3-3-1 system — much more so than the USMNT, admittedly — only time heals all wounds and forges all chemistries.