Marseille hit back at head coach Bielsa after sudden resignation

MARSEILLE, France --

Marseille has criticized Marcelo Bielsa's sudden decision to resign as coach of the French club, accusing the Argentine of putting his personal interests first.

Bielsa quit over a contract dispute minutes after his players lost to Caen 1-0 in their opening French league match on Saturday.

The former Argentina national coach was out of contract but had struck an agreement with club president Vincent Labrune to extend his tenure. Bielsa said he changed his mind because Marseille officials allegedly amended the terms of the new deal at the last minute.

Marseille's board of directors hit back Sunday, saying in a statement that the club "can't submit itself to a single man's rule."

Assistant coach Franck Passi has been appointed interim coach.