Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa denounced this Friday that he suffered “harassment” by the Lille board before his dismissal in 2017, a matter that is being settled in a labor court in that city in northern France.
Bielsa, current coach of English Leeds United, declared this Friday by videoconference in the trial, which was seen for sentence on July 2, according to French media.
In his statement, the technician said: “What I want to explain is the harassment I suffered in the months of September and October, before my dismissal, in order to destabilize me and push me to resign.”
Bielsa also accused the board of “sabotaging my management and hindering my work, degrading my authority.”
With a long career in Argentina, Spain and France behind him, the now 65-year-old coach began his career at the northern club in July 2017, with a two-year contract, but was suspended in November and formally terminated in December, when Lille was second to last in the French League.
The club, then chaired by the Spanish-Luxembourg businessman Gérard López, tried to show that the dismissal was justified (due to alleged professional negligence by Bielsa) for not paying him the contract in its entirety.
Instead, the technician wants to be paid the entirety of his contract, for which he is demanding around 19 million euros, according to French media.
Harassed by the indebtedness of Lille despite the fact that it is the leader of the French League, López sold the club to a Luxembourg investment fund last December, thus also leaving the presidency.