Marseille president Vincent Labrune has admitted that Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to quit the club has left him dumbfounded.
Bielsa announced his resignation at his post-match conference when Marseille lost by 1-0 at home to Caen at their opening match of the league season.
Bielsa’s action has left Ladrune struggling to rationalise what has happened after discussing a new contract for the Argentine known as El Loco.
“I am, of course, like all supporters of [Marseille], dumbfounded by the sudden decision of Marcelo Bielsa,” Labrune said in a statement on the club’s website.
“We had just two weeks since found an agreement for the extension of his contract.”
Labrune added: “I have tonight difficulty understanding how a simple meeting on Wednesday on the technical details of the contract with the attorney of the shareholder and my CEO can be the cause of this sudden departure, while all his wishes had been fulfilled.
“The attitude and positivity about Marcelo Bielsa on Thursday during his first press conference of the season [the day after the meeting] are also out of step with the public analysis he has just made.”
Labrune announced that assistant coach Franck Passi will take over as interim boss of Marseille, while the president insisted club will have a successful season “despite the departure of Marcelo Bielsa”.