Marseille have confirmed the appointment of Marcelino as their new manager, following the departure of Igor Tudor.
The 57-year-old Spanish coach, who had a solid season leading Athletic Club to an 8th place finish in LaLiga, is set to embark on his first job outside of Spain.
The former Valencia and Athletic Bilbao coach’s rich career includes a Copa del Rey title in 2018-19 and guiding Athletic Bilbao to their first trophy in 37 years – the Spanish Super Cup in 2021. His appointment concludes Marseille’s search for a new manager, which involved talks with several other high-profile coaches before settling on Marcelino.
L’Olympique de Marseille annonce la signature de 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗼 au poste d’entraîneur ✍️🔵⚪️
Marseille’s general manager, Javier Ribalta, expressed his optimism about Marcelino’s arrival, stating it is in line with the club’s desire to give continuity to their project. “Our many discussions showed a shared determination and understanding,” Ribalta said, lauding Marcelino’s expertise and personality as fitting for the demands of top-level football.
Marcelino’s appointment follows the departure of former manager Igor Tudor, who left the French club earlier this month for private and professional reasons after leading them to a third-place finish in Ligue 1 last season. Ribalta now faces the task of working with Marcelino to shape up the team and improve on last season’s performance.