Marseille officially announce Bielsa arrival
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French giants Marseille announced the signing of Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa for the next two seasons.

The 58-year-old former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao coach will officially sign his contract "the next time he comes to Marseille after the season is over," the club said on their website.

Marseille are currently coached by Jose Anigo, who replaced Elie Baup on a temporary basis in December. Bielsa had long been rumoured to be the former European champions' first choice to take over from Anigo at the end of this season. Those rumours went into overdrive when he watched Marseille's 3-2 win at Montpellier on 11 April, with the club then admitting they were in negotiations.

Contract talks had been progressing with Marseille president Vincent Labrune saying after the club's 0-0 draw with Lille on 21 April: "In the spirit of things we have an agreement with Marcelo Bielsa on a sporting project."

More recently, Anigo, who is also the club's sports director, and therefore in charge of recruitment, said: "It's normal that there is some time between an agreement in principle and the signing (of the contract). But the signature is on the right track. It will happen because there are no major obstacles."

Bielsa was the coach of Bilbao when they knocked Manchester United out of the UEFA Europa League in 2012, before going on to lose to Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the final.

His only club successes as a coach came in the 1990s with Newell's Old Boys, whom he led to three Argentinian titles.

With Argentina he won the 2004 Olympic gold medal and led the team to the Copa America final that same year. Despite a trophy hiatus since then, though, Bielsa's reputation both at home and abroad is of the highest order.

And he will need to be at his best to turn around the fortunes of the faltering giants. Marseille are currently sixth in the French Ligue 1 table and risk missing out on European football altogether next season, unless they can overhaul Lyon in their final three matches.