Following the club's statement condemning him for an altercation with a construction worker at the training ground, the Argentine has quit the Spanish teamAthletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has handed in his resignation, Goal.com has learned.
The decision comes just hours after the Basque club issued a statement in which it publicly criticized the Argentine for his row with a construction company employee.
Bielsa had publicly admitted his frustration that construction at the club's Lezama training facility was not completed in time for the start of the preseason and accused the company responsible of not respecting the contract that had been signed.
However, Athletic distanced themselves from such comments and apologized for the coach's behavior while insisting that the contract with the construction company 'had correctly been fulfilled' up to that point.
It is understood that the Basque side have not yet accepted Bielsa's resignation and have called an emergency meeting to decide what to do.
Bielsa took charge of Athletic last summer, enjoying an impressive debut season at San Mames as he led the club to the final in both the Copa del Rey and the Europa League, eventually losing both matches.
He signed a new contract, valid until 2013, in June to put an end to speculation about his future after being linked with Chelsea, Inter and Barcelona, among other clubs.