After arriving in a blaze of publicity and expectation, a perfect ending may not be on the cards for Marcelo Bielsa at Olympique de Marseille. The southern club has fallen down to fourth behind AS Monaco and the Argentine’s time at the club looks set to end this summer, according to Goal.com in France.
One name that has been mentioned as a replacement is former Chelsea and Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri. The Italian may not be the most exciting choice to replace the charisma and intensity of Bielsa, but he may just be the perfect tonic for a club like Marseille.
When Ranieri arrived in France he guided Monaco from failing Ligue 2 club all the way to second place in Ligue 1. He was given a healthy host of stars and money to make it happen, but he dealt with the pressure and egos well, and in the end they were playing some excellent football.
Marseille need stability.Oone year of Bielsa is fun, but it has no lasting legacy and OM will be back to square one when he leaves. Ranieri would be able to stay at the club for two or three years and start to build proper foundations, hopefully pushing the club into the Champions League places over a prolonged period of time.
Ultimately, Marseille fans will be hoping the rumours linking Bielsa with an exit are untrue, but the future of the club may benefit from fewer extremes with El Loco and more stability with the loveable Italian.