'It is thanks to him' - Chelsea icon Drogba reveals coach behind his success ... not Mourinho

Didier Drogba has revealed the coach that has been the biggest driving force in his career. But it is not Jose Mourinho...

If you think that your team is currently going through a crisis then don’t worry, you could always be a Marseille fan. They are struggling to keep in touch with the leading pack in Ligue1 while they were also recently dumped out of the Champions League at the bottom of their group with a grand total of ZERO points from six games.

Add to that the apparent dressing room split between the more experienced players and the young starlets at the club - although the apparent dressing room scrap between Gianelli Imbula and Florian Thauvin shows it is not just a question of age.

With all this in mind the decision to sack manager Elie Baup should not have come as a surprise.

His replacement, at least on a temporary basis, is Jose Anigo.

He is a club icon - playing for l’OM between 1979 and 1987, managing the side between 2001 and 2005 and recently acting as the clubs director of football.

But he is now the caretaker until the commencement of the winter break - but already fans and the like are calling on Anigo to be given the role full-time - which would be his first management appointment in eight years.

And one player who believes he should get the job is Didier Drogba.

Drogba arrived at Marseille when Anigo was coach - joining from Guingamp and then leaving after one highly successful season to join Chelsea for £24 million.

But if you were to guess the manager who has had the biggest influence on his career you would probably guess Jose Mourinho - with whom he had such success at Stamford Bridge.

But that is not the case - with Drogba revealing just how important that one season with Anigo as his coach really was:

He showed that even in his old-age he still uses the ball well, and passed everyone else off the park with a total of 87, again in perspective Palace highest recorded player notched 32, so he nearly tripled it and had a pass accuracy of 93%.

He attempted 10 long-balls, with nine finding their target and also managed five successful dribbles, the most out of any player, which is remarkable for a player in the same team as Willian, Hazard and Mata.

It's no secret that Mourinho still has a lot of faith in the 31-year-old that masterminded a lot of Chelsea's success that won them Premier League titles and even had him on loan at Madrid last season, when his career all but looked over at Chelsea.

It will be good to see more of Essien, in my eyes he is a true Premier League great!

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Drogba has always intimated at a desire to one day play for Marseille again - if Anigo was to get the job, he might just get that chance.

image: © Crystian Cruz

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