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Marseille turn to Gasset to arrest slide

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Jean-Louis Gasset today became Marseille’s fourth coach of the season after the club sacked Gennaro Gattuso.

Gattuso was officially relieved of his duties this morning with the final straw being Sunday’s dismal 1-0 defeat at Brest.

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In steps Gasset, following on from Marcelino, Jacques Abardonado and Gattuso in what has been a typically chaotic season for the south coast club.

The 70-year-old enjoyed great success as assistant to Laurent Blanc at Paris Saint-Germain but his record as a head coach is largely underwhelming.

His most recent job saw him sacked by the Ivory Coast following the group stage of the African Cup of Nations despite the team qualifying for the knockout rounds as one of the best third-placed finishers.

The Elephants went on to win the trophy under Gasset’s assistant Emerse Fae.

Gasset said: “It is a huge honour for me to join the legendary club that is Olympique de Marseille. I look forward to starting work with this group to prepare for the upcoming challenges and to give the best of ourselves.”

Marseille did not announce the length of Gasset’s contract but widespread reports in France suggest it is until the end of the season, at which point the club will explore other avenues.

His first task is to halt a seven-game winless run that has seen them slip to ninth in Ligue 1, and secure progression in the Europa League – Marseille head into the second leg of their knockout round play-off level at 2-2 with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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