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One of football's best-loved coaches resigned in pretty unique circumstances last night

Marcelo Bielsa only took over at Marseille in May of last year.

MARCELO BIELSA SENSATIONALLY stepped down as Marseille manager on Saturday evening – immediately after his side lost to Caen in their first game of the season.

The much-loved Argentine only arrived at the Ligue 1 giants in May of last year but after an encouraging start, the side struggled and eventually finished a distant fourth.

After the slender home loss last night, Bielsa handed his letter of resignation to club president Vincent Labrune before publicly announcing his decision to resign in his post-match press conference.

“I have finished my work here”, he said.

“I will return to my home country.”

Local newspaper La Provence have published Bielsa’s letter and the 60-year-old outlined how a contractual dispute was the root cause of him stepping away.

As you know, I turned down several major offers because I wanted to stay at Marseille. I don’t regret that, and I did it with a lot of enthusiasm as I was very attracted by this project. I adapted to the constant variations on the sporting front, but after three months of discussions and two days before the start of the competitive games, I cannot accept the situation of instability that they generated by wanting to change the contract.”  

Labrune later expressed his shock at the development and said a meeting on Wednesday to go through some minor details of a proposed new deal had been cordial, with all of Bielsa’s demands being met.

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