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Marseille fires Gennaro Gattuso, appointing Jean-Louis Gasset in his place

Marseille has named Jean-Louis Gasset as the first-team coach following the departure of Gennaro Gattuso.

Jean-Louis Gasset, who got dismissed as the head coach of Ivory Coast in January during their successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign, assumes control with Olympique de Marseille positioned ninth in Ligue 1. They are six points behind the top six following a 1-0 loss to Brest on Sunday.

Throughout his career, the 70-year-old has managed teams like Bordeaux, St Etienne, and his hometown club Montpellier. He also served as an assistant coach for Paris St Germain and France after spending his entire playing career at Montpellier.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “Olympique de Marseille has announced the appointment of Jean-Louis Gasset as first-team coach.

“An experienced coach with both club and country, Jean-Louis Gasset has spent over 30 years on the bench in the French league and abroad.

Marseille sent their ‘special thanks’ to Gattuso before appointing Gasset

“His experience as assistant or head coach at Girondins de Bordeaux, St Etienne, Montpellier and PSG has made him one of France’s most experienced coaches, and has seen him win four French Championships, two French Cups and four League Cups.

“Renowned for his tactical expertise, his ability to interact with players, his ability to mobilise the different groups he has coached and his hard-working culture, the Montpellier native has also had the opportunity to put his skills to good use at international level with the Côte d’Ivoire national team, France and Espanyol.”

Gasset added: “It’s a huge honour for me to be joining this legendary club, Olympique de Marseille. I can’t wait to start working with this group to prepare for the upcoming fixtures and give the best of ourselves.”

A statement said: “Olympique de Marseille announces the end of its collaboration with Gennaro Gattuso.

“Olympique de Marseille would like to extend its special thanks to Gennaro and his entire staff for the unfailing commitment and professionalism they have shown on a daily basis, and wishes them all the best for the future.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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