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Bielsa back in Argentina after quitting Marseille

AFP, BUENOS AIRES

A man sorts T-shirts featuring former Olympique de Marseille head coach Marcelo Bielsa in a supporters shop in Marseille, France, on Monday.

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Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa on Monday returned to his home country two days after his surprise resignation from French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille.

Bielsa, 60, who has been linked to the Mexico national team manager’s role in recent weeks, arrived at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza airport and traveled immediately by road to his hometown of Rosario, 300km from the capital.

Bielsa, who had only been in charge at the Stade Velodrome since May last year, announced he was quitting the French club immediately after their lackluster 1-0 season-opening defeat to Stade Malherbe Caen on Saturday.

Bielsa insisted he was not leaving Marseille to sign another contract, but blamed disagreements with club management.

Marseille got off to a flying start last season — winning eight of their opening 10 games — before fading to fourth, 14 points adrift of champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Bielsa, who guided Chile to the last 16 at the 2010 World Cup, said he had been patient with the club, despite uncertainty in the way they had conducted themselves in the close-season transfer market.

For their part the club accused El Loco (mad man) of holding them to ransom over his contract.

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