2015/2016 French Ligue 1
  • Andy Delort (27')

Bielsa quits OM after opening loss

Marcelo Bielsa has resigned as Marseille coach just one match into the new season.
OM began their Ligue 1 campaign with a 1-0 loss to Caen at the Stade Velodrome, after which Bielsa announced his departure.
The Argentinian's position had been a source of off-season speculation, with suggestions he could leave to manage Mexico, and a club statement read: "In the post-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa announced he was standing down from his post as OM coach."
OM's Twitter account carried several quotes from Bielsa's press conference.
"I am leaving my post as coach of OM," he said.
"My work here is over, I will return to my country. I am not leaving here to take another job.
"I thank the supporters, who were always behind me during the matches and day to day.
"I have given all I have to this team."
The club also revealed Bielsa had confirmed his intentions in a letter to club president Vincent Labrune just before he entered the conference.
The news adds to a turbulent summer which has seen Marseille lose the spine of last season's starting line-up - defenders Rod Fanni and Jeremy Morel, midfielder Giannelli Imbula, winger Dimitri Payet and forwards Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac have all left the club.
Andy Delort's well-taken 27th-minute goal was enough to condemn Marseille to defeat on Saturday as Michy Batshuayi, leading the line following Gignac's exit, missed a host of chances.
Bielsa joined the club at the start of last season and, while the circumstances of his exit may be dramatic, his short reign is in keeping with a nomadic career.
He has lasted barely beyond two years at any of his former clubs - Newell's Old Boys and Velez Sarsfield in his homeland, Atlas and Club America in Mexico and Spanish sides Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao - with longer stints only in international jobs with Argentina and Chile.
He won the 2004 Olympics and reached the Copa America final with Argentina, and led Athletic to Copa del Rey and Europa League finals in 2012.
His first year at OM saw them lead the Ligue 1 standings for much of the first half of the season before fading badly to finish fourth. His initial one-year contract featured a second-year option, which was exercised after an off-season of mystery as the club repeatedly claimed an extension for a third year was close to being confirmed.
Despite the uncertaintly, the club released a range of Bielsa merchandise at the end of last term.
Bielsa did nothing to clarify matters himself - his pre-match press conference on Thursday was the first time since May 23 that he had addressed the media.
The next would prove to be the last, as the club's final tweet read: "End of press conference. Au Revoir Marcelo £Bielsa."