Quoted in OM’s shortlist to succeed Igor Tudor, Marcelo Gallardo is indeed in negotiations with the Marseille club.
Can the premature departure of Igor Tudor turn into a boon for OM? If the sulking of Jorge Sampaoli had plunged the Marseillais into trouble a year ago, the flight of the Croatian technician, it did not really set fire to the Commandery. Some would almost put up with it, like a Pablo Longoria who on Monday in front of the press slipped a small tackle to his former coach: “ I will no longer accept that a coach does not speak French after a season. When I was in Italy, after three months, I spoke Italian. It is a question of respect for the institution. »
As for the successor to the colossus of Split, the prerequisites are set, listed by the Olympian president: “ We are looking for a personality and a style of play that suits what we want to offer. […] We want continuity in the values that we established in collaboration with Igor Tudor: hard work, rigour, high standards, discipline. That is non-negotiable. […] We have to play in a way that appeals to our passionate audience. So you need an offensive game, a little rock and roll, a little spicy, with speed in the transitions. »
A prize list that speaks volumes
These days, many names, mostly from Serie A, have been able to circulate: from Vincenzo Italiano (Fiorentina) to Gian Piero Gasperini (Atalanta) via Raffaele Palladino (Monza) and Ivan Juric (Torino). Marcelino (ex-Valencia and Bilbao) and Andoni Iraola (Rayo Vallecano) have also been mentioned but the absolute fantasy in Marseille is called Marcelo Gallardo. An Argentinian size which would not necessarily be a chimera for OM. ” Contacts are real “, assures Le Parisien this Tuesday evening, recalling that the person concerned is free after having put an end to his adventure with River Plate. With the mythical club of Buenos Aires, the former ASM and PSG player has proven himself for eight years, notably winning the Copa Libertadores twice (2015 and 2018), the Copa Sudamericana (2014) and no less. seven national trophies in all competitions.