Report: Former Cheslea boss wanted by Marseille to replace Bielsa

Claudio Ranieri is reportedly being lined up by Marseille if Marcelo Bielsa leaves this summer.

Reports in France this week have suggested that current coach Marcelo Bielsa would be leaving Marseille at the end of the season for a job in Saudi Arabia, and now French newspaper L’Equipe are today suggesting that former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri is one of the favourites to take over from the Argentine this summer.

Nothing has been made official about Bielsa, but the former Chile and Athletic Bilbao coach only has a contract until the end of the season, so Marseille President Vincent Labrune has already begun to make plans for the new campaign.

Le10Sport had reported last week that contact had been made with Zenit St. Petersburg and former Tottenham Hotspur coach André Villas-Boas, but his €8.5 million salary would be impossible for Marseille to match.

Ranieri is the ideal replacement for Marseille. He is currently without a job, so there would be no compensation and his wages wouldn’t be as high as others.

He also has experience of managing in Ligue 1, guiding Monaco from Ligue 2 promotion to a second place finish in Ligue 1. He was unlucky to lose his job in the principality, but Marseille would offer the Italian an opportunity to show Monaco where they went wrong.

The other name mentioned by L’Equipe is that of current Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier. He is a former Marseille player and has always wanted to return to his boyhood club. Newcastle United are also apparently interested in the Frenchman, per the Telegraph, but it would be hard for him to turn down a move to Marseille.

Ranieri has the experience and the knowledge, but Galtier would be the emotional choice. Sometimes that can be a bad thing for a club like Marseille.

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