Less than 24 hours after the officialization of the surprise departure of Jorge Sampaoli, OM have already set their priority to replace the Argentine technician on the bench of the Marseille club: it is the Croatian coach Igor Tudor, 44, free of any contract after a good season with Hellas Verona, 9th in Serie A. But beyond this track which therefore seems to hold the rope, several other names have leaked in recent hours.
including that of Roberto DeZerbi, stalled with Shakhtar Donetsk since the suspension of the Ukrainian championship. If Mohamed-Toubache Ter and Foot Mercato announced that OM had contacted the 43-year-old Italian coach, other sources such as Fabrizio Romano or RMC Sport agree to say the opposite. “Longoria thought of De Zerbi but in the end he did not pursue this track”ensures for its part La Provence, while L’Équipe is content to slip the name of the technician without developing.
The name of Marcelino (56), free of any contract since leaving Athletic Bilbao, also leaked, first on social networks as a simple suggestion and then in the press, without anything very concrete however. According to RMC Sport, this track has not yet been explored by Pablo Longoria, who nevertheless knows the Spanish coach well, the two men having rubbed shoulders in Valencia. Same story on the side of La Provence, which nevertheless evokes “a logical, even natural track” but who has “never been exploited”.
Finally, the name of Julien Stephan (41), under contract with Strasbourg until 2024, was also cited. First by L’Équipe then by La Provence. “Longoria thought for a while of Stéphan, whose excellent work in Rennes or Strasbourg did not go unnoticed”reports the regional daily.