The decision to replace Igor Tudor as head coach prompted Marseille’s leadership to embark on an ambitious search for a suitable replacement.
Initially, their sights were set on Marcelo Gallardo, a highly regarded Argentine coach who enjoyed success at River Plate.
However, negotiations with Gallardo reportedly faltered due to Marseille’s ultimatum, causing the potential deal to collapse.
This setback prompted Marseille to shift their attention to Paulo Fonseca, the former AS Roma coach, who expressed his interest in the position.
Fonseca, still under contract with Lille until 2024, alerted his current club about Marseille’s pursuit, indicating his willingness to explore the opportunity, but eventually deal collapsed prompting Marseille to shift their focus on Marcelino.