New Bordeaux coach Jean-Louis Gasset

Jean-Louis Gasset: 'OM must not slack off'

Jean-Louis Gasset: 'OM must not slack off'

Publish on 02/29 at 13:40 - G. BOXALL


Speaking following Olympique de Marseille's 4-1 win over Montpellier last weekend, the new Olympien boss has called for caution despite an 100% winning start in his first two games on the bench at the Vélodrome.

Two matches, two wins. Things are looking good for interim Marseille manager Jean-Louis Gasset, who took over the reins of the club from Gennaro Gattuso last week following a disastrous start to 2024. The former Saint-Étienne and Girondins de Bordeaux coach oversaw OM's qualification for the Europa League round of 16 (2-0), followed by a convincing victory in Ligue 1 Uber Eats against Montpellier (4-1) last weekend.

"We had to find the formula that suited the players at the time. We didn't want to complicate things," said Gasset following the win against Montpellier. Indeed, simplicity and man-management are one of the veteran coach's strong points. The Frenchman has so far succeeded in re-motivating a Marseille dressing room which had been psychologically suffering in recent weeks.

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"They were at their lowest point, so it wasn't hard," said Gasset on the player's motivation. "I have a bit of experience talking to players, I have a few anecdotes. And as long as there's life, there's hope. I had to make them understand that, and it was up to them to react. I came here to help them."

"There are still matches to go and we can't afford to slack off," affirmed Gasset, referring to the road ahead for OM in the next few weeks. Les Olympiens will face Clermont Foot away from home in Ligue 1 this weekend before hosting the side of their former manager, Marcelino, in Villarreal at the Vélodrome in the Last 16 of the UEFA Europa League next Thursday.

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