Gennaro Gattuso is going to be the new manager of Olympique de Marseille later on Wednesday.
Marseille has been looking for a replacement for Marcelino, who departed the club last week. The Spaniard, who played only seven games for Les Phocéens, quit after rude and threatening threats from fan organizations. Following the remarks made during a meeting between supporters and the club’s administration on Monday, Pablo Longoria stood down as president for the time being.
The front-runner appeared to be Christophe Galtier, who has been jobless since leaving PSG at the conclusion of the previous season.
According to Sébastien Denis of Foot Mercato, Christopher Galtier selected over Gennaro Gattuso since he is a Marseillais himself.
Gattuso got the job owing to factors that had nothing to do with sports, such as his prior experience with PSG, the opinions of rival fans, the ongoing investigation into alleged racist comments he is said to have made while at OGC Nice, and the urgent need to fill the position.
Gattuso is likely to become Marseille’s manager on Wednesday before taking part in his first session with the team on Saturday before the match against AS Monaco.
The Italian manager was on the verge of joining rivals Olympique Lyonnais earlier in September, but a negative reaction to the proposed hire, both internally and externally, caused John Textor to choose Fabio Grosso.