Behind Marseille’s proximity to signing Gattuso, there are more hidden aspects of the selection process.
Firstly, at this stage of the season, Marseille president Longoria is only interested in coaches without any contracts due to time and money, which rules out Lille’s Paulo Fonseca as a candidate.
Lopetegui left Wolves at the beginning of August, and after his success in leading the team to stay in the Premier League, he is indeed a very prestigious manager. The Spaniard has experience and he speaks French quite well, but he also gives the public impression of being very pushy and hot-tempered.
Marseille have also approached another Spaniard, Gracia, who coached Leeds United to a disastrous exit.
In addition, former Eintracht Frankfurt manager and decorated UEFA Cup winner Glasner was also a potential target, but the Austrian manager also ignored Marseille after unsuccessful approaches from Lyon.
What’s even more interesting is what Longoria’s first target was. The Marseille fanbase has been chanting: we were the ones who had to separate in the first place, Sampaoli and Tudor come back soon.
Tudor is back in Split with his family, waiting for a new job, but he and the Marseille president are still in touch. Longoria did consider the possibility of Tudor’s return with the Marseille hierarchy last week, but it was never put into reality.
Finally, Galtier, who was rumored to be in the mix last week, also ended up being dropped by both sides at the same time. Most importantly, he is awaiting trial.
In mid-December, he will go on trial on charges of moral harassment and discrimination during his (2021-2022) tenure at Nice. He was deemed innocent today, but the upcoming trial could still affect the potential coaching process.