LILLE confirm they have provisionally suspended manager Marcelo Bielsa “pending an investigation”.
The 2010-11 Ligue 1 champions are fighting a surprise relegation battle this season — and the notorious Argentinian boss is fighting to save his job.
However, it has emerged he travelled to Chile to visit his former assistant Luis Bonini, who is battling stomach cancer, without the club’s permission.
And is reportedly the reason for the suspension — though it has not been officially confirmed.
Bielsa was Chile manager from 2007 to 2011.
His former assistant Bonini is reported to be under heavy sedation and another of Bielsa’s former assistants Gabriel Aravena is quoted as saying: “He is closer to God than us right now.”
Bielsa — nicknamed El Loco (The Crazy One) — is well-known for his flamboyant style of management.
Pep Guardiola once labelled him the “best manager in the world”, while also crediting him as his tactical inspiration.
However, he stepped down after just one day before Lille hired him in the summer.