MADRID, Spain (AFP)
Athletic Bilbao's coach Marcelo Bielsa said Monday he is staying
with the club despite earlier reports he was considering
resigning in a row with the board.
"I can continue carrying out my work as I have done up to now,"
he said in an online statement widely published by Spanish sports
media. "I maintain the commitment that I made to the club."
The Argentine coach publicly fell out with the club's management
last week when he criticised construction work on its new
training centre, prompting the board to publish a statement
distancing itself from his claims.
Bielsa held a meeting with the management on Friday, giving rise
to rumours he would resign, but he showed up for team training on
Monday as usual. He said in his statement he stood by his
Bielsa, former national coach of Argentina and Chile, led
Athletic to last season's Europa League final and Spanish Cup
final and extended his contract with the side last month until