Mar­seille ap­point Gar­cia as coach

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Rudi Gar­cia has been ap­pointed as Mar­seille’s new coach ahead of Sun­day’s league game against bit­ter ri­val Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Three days after Amer­i­can busi­ness­man Frank McCourt com­pleted his takeover of the south­ern club, Mar­seille said yes­ter­day that Gar­cia will be in charge for the big­gest game in French foot­ball at Parc des Princes.

Gar­cia, who was fired by Roma last sea­son, signed a three-year deal with Mar­seille, where he re­places in­terim coach Franck Passi.

Gar­cia also coached French clubs Saint-Eti­enne, Di­jon and Le Mans. Be­fore join­ing Roma three years ago, he led Lille to a do­mes­tic dou­ble, win­ning the French Cup and Ligue 1 ti­tle in 2011.

Mar­seille, the only French team to win the Cham­pi­ons League back in 1993, has won the French ti­tle nine times but has fallen be­hind since PSG was taken over by Qatari in­vestors five years ago.

Gar­cia quickly en­deared him­self to Roma fans by guid­ing the club to 10 straight wins to open the 2013-14 sea­son. But he was re­placed by Lu­ciano Spal­letti last Jan­uary fol­low­ing a string of poor re­sults. The French­man was hired in 2013 and Roma fin­ished run­ner-up in his first two sea­sons.

“When I met Rudi, he told me right away that he wanted to win the Cham­pi­ons League,” McCourt said. “I knew im­me­di­ately he was the man for the Mar­seille coach­ing po­si­tion.”

McCourt, the 63-year-old for­mer owner of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, has pledged to build a team that will be able to chal­lenge PSG and promised fans he would push the club to the “high­est ranks of Euro­pean foot­ball.”

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