Bielsa rages at Athletic employees

Marca reports that Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa raged at employees at the club’s training ground last Monday over work delays.

The Argentine found out on his return to Lezama that work he had specifically asked to be completed in time for the squad’s return to pre-season training had not been carried out, resulting in him not having been seen there since.

It is understood that the former Chile and Argentina national team boss had a serious confrontation with those responsible for the modification work, particularly with the person in charge, and witnesses claimed he lost his rag with the man and accused him of not meeting deadlines and questioning his professionalism.

The company holding the contract for the alterations then protested and withdrew its workers for 24 hours, before President Josu Urrutia and director of football Jose Mari Amorrortu persuaded them to return.

Bielsa’s future at the club was in doubt at the end of last season – when he was understood to be coveted by a number of clubs after he had taken Los Leones to the final of both the Copa del Rey and Europa League – and there were rumours he was set to leave

However, this latest episode could further damage his relationship with the Basques who are desperate for him to remain at San Mames and continue  his rebuilding of the club.

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