It’s an air of deja vu that took hold of Marseille this Thursday, June 1st. Eleven months right after the resignation of Jorge Sampaoli, his successor on the Marseille bench Igor Tudor announced his departure at the end of the last day, Saturday, in Ajaccio. Worn out by a trying season where he struggled to adhere to his methods and his personality, the Croatian slammed the door and forced the Olympian leaders to go back to looking for an emergency technician.
Pablo Longoria was able to react very quickly last year. In a press conference, he explained that he did not have an identified profile, but wants continuity in « the values of requirement, work and rigor » driven by Tudor. Time is running out since OM will go through the preliminary rounds of the Champions League. Either a very busy schedule from the beginning of August and a disrupted preparation. Overview of possible candidates.
Italiano, Palladino: the Italian tracks
As for Tudor, former Hellas Verone, Pablo Longoria could find his future coach in Italy, a championship he appreciates and where he cultivates many contacts. The former sports director of Juventus could in particular look into the case of Vincenzo Italiano. Closely followed by Napoli, the Italian coach (45) is doing very interesting work on the Fiorentina bench. In the space of two years, he managed to hoist the Florence club into the final of the Italian Cup and the Europa League Conference with an ambitious and attack-oriented philosophy of play.
Still in Serie A, the name of Raffaele Palladino (39 years old) was mentioned by Foot Mercato. The current Monza coach has achieved remarkable results this season with a tenth place in the league, despite a very limited budget. His preferential 3-4-2-1 tactical scheme is very similar to that used by Igor Tudor this season.
Marcelino, an acquaintance from Longoria
The Italian press, always well informed about the intentions of Pablo Longoria, recently mentioned the track Marcelino (57) to sit on the OM bench. Free since leaving Athletic Bilbao in June 2022, the Spaniard has already worked with the current Marseille president in Valencia.
His career as a player and coach was made exclusively in his native country. His spells on the benches of Seville (2011-2012), Villarreal (2013-2016), Valencia (2017-2019) and Bilbao (2021-2022) were marked by titles in the Spanish Cup (2019) and in the Supercup of Spain (2021).
A coach from Ligue 1?
The Team revealed at the start of the week that OM were thinking of Franck Haise in the event of Tudor’s departure. The RC Lens coach, second in Ligue 1, had himself cast doubt on his future during the UNFP Trophies ceremony. His profile pleases the leaders, but the Northern club, qualified for the Champions League, will not want to let his coach slip away. “There is no subject. He will be a coach but also a general manager.said Arnaud Pouille, the general manager of Sang et Or on RMC.
The track seems improbable, but the snub would be noticed. On the departure of Paris Saint-Germain, only a year after his arrival from Nice, Christophe Galtier will end up on the market. A native of Marseille, the 56-year-old coach said several times at the start of his coaching career that he wanted to coach OM. The moment or never after a more than mixed experience in the capital?
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He would have desires elsewhere. Paulo Fonseca (50 years old) is having a trying season in Lille, where he is still fighting for European qualification one day before the end of the championship. His offensive style of play has in any case everything to please the Marseille decision-makers. The Portuguese also has the advantage of having passed through Serie A during his two years at AS Roma (2019-2021).