Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa will take over the helm of Athletic Bilbao after new club president Josu Urrutia won club elections on Thursday.

Urrutia announced during the campaign that he would replace coach Joaquin Caparros with Bielsa.

Caparros led the team to a sixth-place finish last season. After the vote, he said ''Thanks to all the fans of Athletic for the four years we have spent together.''

Bielsa guided Chile to the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. His only prior experience in Europe was coaching Espanyol for six games in the 1998-99 season.

Urrutia beat standing president Fernando Garcia Macua in a record turnout for the Basque club.