Lille have provisionally suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa after a number of disappointing results in Ligue 1.
The team released a statement saying that Bielsa has been suspended “as part of a procedure started by the club” but did not elaborate further.
Bielsa joined the team this season but has failed to make the club more competitive. They are currently second from bottom in the league after thirteen games. Last season the team finished eleventh and Bielsa was hired with the aim of bringing the team back to the Champions League.
At the same time more than twelve new players were brought in but they have failed to win more than three matches so far.
Bielsa used to coach Marseille but he left two years ago after a contract dispute. He also quit Lazio two days after signing in July 2016.
Earlier in the week the club’s owner Gerard Lopez, CEO Marc Ingla and sporting advisor Luis Campos met in London on Wednesday to discuss Bielsa’s future.
It is likely that they will wait the five working days demanded by French law before meeting Bielsa and informing him of their decision to sack him for gross negligence.
The club will also be looking to avoid paying the €14-€16 million for the remainder of his contract, which runs until 2019. They intend to use the coach’s numerous post-match statements in which he has taken full responsibility for the team’s problems.
It is also reported that private detectives have been hired to look into the squad’s behaviour and they have found a number of problems including players being up to twenty minutes late for some training sessions.
Bielsa has been blamed for the lack of discipline. Bielsa is now thought to have left France to visit a friend in Chile.