Marcelo Bielsa quits as Chile football coach

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Santiago, Feb 5: Marcelo Bielsa, coach of Chile's 2010 football world cup squad on Feb 4 announced his decision to resign from the post. This comes two days after Chile's football association ANFP said that he will continue to stay.

Bielsa, who had threatened to quit in Nov 2010, on Feb 4 told a news conference, "I want to say that I have decided to resign from my post as trainer of the Chilean national team."

Sergio Jadue, the newly elected president of ANFP met Bielsa on Feb 2 to persuade him to stay back as Chile's national football team's coach. After the meeting he said, "He told me he would reply in writing. Unfortunately he hasn't done this yet, but I interpret his silence in an optimistic manner. Marcelo Bielsa stays."

Bielsa, who took over as Chile's coach in 2007 led them to their first World Cup finals in 12 years.

Speaking of the reason's for his decision , he said,"The reason I've decided to resign is because of the manner in which (Jadue) has acted from when he assumed (office)..He did everything necessary for me to resign."

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