However following today’s announcement Bielsa thanked the club’s fans and told reporters ” I have finished my work here.
Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he has received no official approach from Mexico over the vacant managerial role.
“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.
“At Friday’s press conference, everything was fine, it was all positive”.
Bielsa’s new-look Marseille struggled to display its usual attacking brand of football at Stade Velodrome, and was given an early warning when goalkeeper Steve Mandanda’s superb save in the 15th minute denied a shot from the unmarked Vincent Bessat.
“We had reached an agreement on a contract extension for 2016-2017, which was missing just a signature”, he wrote in his letter.
“He was an important part of the club, for the team”.
“We’re disappointed, we don’t know everything that’s happened”.
And Monaco – who finished third last season – got the victor 11 minutes later through French global full-back Layvin Kurzawa as their campaign began with a 2-1 victory. Angers celebrated its return among the elite with goals from Abdoul Razzagui Camara and Gilles Sunu.
Promoted pair Troyes and Gazelec Ajaccio – the top two in Ligue 2 last term – battled out a goalless draw at the Stade de l’Aube.
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.
On Friday, champions PSG won at Lille in their opening game despite playing 62 minutes with 10 men after Adrien Rabiot’s dismissal.