Bielsa announced as new Lille boss

Lille have announced the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach from the start of next season.

The 61-year-old former Argentina and Marseille boss has signed a two-year contract at the club that starts on July 1, 2017.

The Ligue 1 side are currently under the guidance of Franck Passi. He took over from Patrick Collot, who was made caretaker boss following the sacking of Frederic Antonetti, having previously been employed as his assistant.

Bielsa, was last employed as Lazio coach, but didn't take up the post despite signing a contract amid reports he was hoping to take over from Gerardo Martino as Argentina coach, that was ultimately filled by Edgardo Bauza.

Lille director Marc Ingla told the club's official website: "Marcelo Bielsa is undoubtedly one of the most respected and influential coaches in the world and succeeding in attracting him to LOSC is an immense satisfaction, and proof of the ambitions of our club.

"It is no secret that Gerard Lopez and Marcelo Bielsa are close and have been discussing this opportunity for some time. We always thought that Marcelo was the best person, both for his football philosophy and his experience, rigour and professionalism, to build with us the project and the future success of LOSC."