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Marseille manager Bielsa isn’t remorseful about Labrune comments


Marseille head man Marcelo Bielsa isn’t backing down from his comments about club president Vincent Labrune prior to a meeting between the two that will take place on Monday.

When Elie Baup was fired in December 2013, Jose Anigo was the interim head coach, but Bielsa was then given the position during the offseason. The 59-year-old Argentine didn’t agree with the president’s decisions, and he made it very obvious to media.
“I found out that we had sold Lucas Mendes at the last minute because he was leaving for Qatar. I found out about the Doria signing on Monday afternoon when he was arriving for his medical. I opposed it,” Bielsa said.

‘The president also promised me we wouldn’t sign foreign players, because Marseille doesn’t have enough of a structure in place to judge the qualities of someone who isn’t playing in France.”

He was pretty straightforward as he followed up his comments at a press conference, and usually in this scenario, one will see an apology issued by the creator of any critical comments. Nonetheless, Bielsa stuck to his guns, perhaps admirably if you don’t enjoy media wildfire.

“The question is not whether I went too far, as some think, but if what I say is true,” he said, per “I saw the press conference and everything was fair and accurate. I had to say what needed to be said. It would have been irresponsible of me to move things forward and then go back.

“I do not know what will come out of this meeting. I do not aspire to have the power of decision [over transfers]. It would be a misinterpretation of my behavior, what I claim is that the procedures are clear.”