Marseille throw lifeline to veteran coach Jean-Louis Gasset after Gattuso flop

Marseille have turned to experienced manager Jean-Louis Gasset to steady the ship after a turbulent period under Gennaro Gattuso. The Italian lasted just 24 games before getting the boot, leaving the club languishing in ninth place.

Gasset, 70, steps in on a short-term deal until the end of the season, bringing a wealth of experience from stints at Bordeaux and, most recently, the Ivory Coast national team. His tenure there ended abruptly during the Africa Cup of Nations, but his arrival in Marseille is nonetheless seen as a positive step.

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“It’s an incredible honor to join a legendary club like Marseille,” Gasset declared, clearly fired up for the challenge. “I’m chomping at the bit to get started and help this team turn things around.”

He inherits a squad desperate for direction. Ninth in the league is far from where Marseille fans expect their team to be, and a Europa League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk looms large on Thursday. A positive result there could be the springboard Gasset needs.

However, questions remain. Can Gasset, known for his tactical nous and strong work ethic, reignite a team lacking spark? His short-term contract suggests Marseille are taking a calculated gamble, hoping his experience can provide stability and guide them through a crucial period.

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