Manager Marcelo Bielsa shocks Marseille with resignation

Marseille Manager Marcelo Bielsa

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Manager Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he has quit as the manager of Marseille after just one game of the new Ligue 1 season.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss confirmed his resignation to president Vincent Lebrune following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Caen.

Former Wigan forward Andy Delort grabbed the only goal of the game in the 27th minute and Marseille never showed signs of a comeback at the Stade Velodrome.

Bielsa, who joined the French giants in May 2014, has been linked with the Mexican national job in recent weeks. His exit now paves way for a new job in international management after previous spells with Argentina and Chile.

The speculation surrounding his future seemed to unsettle his players as they fell to defeat at the first time of asking this season.

Bielsa was reportedly willing to sign a new contract with the club until 2017 but reports suggest Marseille tried to change the terms of the deal at the last minute.

Speaking after the match, Bielsa admitted that the club’s current instability was a big factor in his decision to leave after just a single game.

He told reporters: “I have resigned from my post as manager of Marseille.

“I have finished my work here, I will return to my country. I thank the fans for always being behind me during games and on a daily basis.

I am sad and frustrated. I cannot accept the situation of instability at the club.”

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