Football: Gerets called in to save Marseille
26 September 2007, MARSEILLE (AFP) - Belgian coach Eric Gerets has been called in to save struggling French giants Marseille in place of Albert Emon, the club confirmed on Tuesday night.
26 September 2007
MARSEILLE (AFP) - Belgian coach Eric Gerets has been called in to save struggling French giants Marseille in place of Albert Emon, the club confirmed on Tuesday night.
The 53-year-old former Belgian international defender previously worked as coach with Standard Liege, PSV Eindhoven, Kaiserslautern and Galatasaray.
Marseille president Pape Diouf said that Gerets' wide ranging experience throughout Europe had been the deciding factor in his appointment.
"The team needs a new boost. Eric Gerets is the coach who can give us it while continuing the important work of the club's sporting management over the past three years," Diouf told the club's website.
"His experience in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany or Turkey, are assets that will help our club reach the objectives that it has been set."
Gerets said: "When Marseille showed their interest I didn't hestitate. Marseille's reputation is enormous and there is a lot of work to do. That's something I like.
"I like moving forward and I think that Marseille likes that too."
Gerets becomes the second Belgian to coach Marseille after Raymond Goethals who lead the club to the Champions League title in 1993.
The fact that Gerets has won titles in all countries where he has coached - FC Bruges, PV Eindhoven and Galatasaray - and knows how to work in hot climates worked in his favour.
"Once you've worked in Turkey I think that you can go to any other place in the world," said Gerets, who left Galatasaray in May after two seasons with the club.
Gerets' club playing career was notably linked with PSV Eindhoven where he played between 1985 and 1992 and won the European title in 1988. He also coached the club from 1999 and 2002.
He won 86 caps for Belgium and played in three World Cups - 1982, 1986 and 1990.
Marseille are currently 16th in the league after nine games, meaning they are a long way from the objective of European football next season.
Diouf hinted however that Emon could remain involved in club activities.
"It was a difficult decision given the friendship that links us with Albert Emon and the work he has done. We thought about this considerably and it's not without sadness that we took the decision," said Diouf.
"But Albert knows the club too well not to understand our decision. I hope he continues to bring his passion and experience to the club as he has done for so many years."
Subject: French news