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Marcelo Bielsa Quits Lazio After Two Days

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Marcelo Bielsa Quits Two Days After Being Hired by Lazio

Rome, Italy – Lazio have confirmed Marcelo Bielsa has resigned as manager just 48 hours after his appointment, the club said could result in legal action.

“We note with amazement the resignation of Marcelo Bielsa in clear violation of the commitments and agreements signed last week and filed with the Italian Football Federation,” the Serie A club said in a statement on Friday.

The 60-year-old was announced as the Serie A side’s new boss on Wednesday following lengthy negotiations.

Bielsa was due to arrive in Italy this weekend to be officially unveiled as Stefano Pioli’s successor.

The Roman club said former Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi would be stepping into the vacant breach, having already taken temporary charge after Pioli was sacked in the second half of last season.

Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport daily reported that the larger-than-life Bielsa, true to his fearsome nickname ‘El Loco’, (the Madman) called Lazio boss Claudio Lotito in the middle of the night to say he had decided not to come to Rome.

Bielsa is now being tipped to become Argentina coach for a second time.

He led the national side from 1998-2004 and guided them to Olympic gold in 2004.