Troussier takes over reins at Marseille

25th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Nov 25 (AFP) - Marseille have reached an agreement with Philippe Troussier to take over from Jose Anigo who resigned as coach on Tuesday.

MARSEILLE, France, Nov 25 (AFP) - Marseille have reached an agreement with Philippe Troussier to take over from Jose Anigo who resigned as coach on Tuesday.

Marseille general manager Pape Diouf said the 49-year-old should take over within 48 hours.

"There are just some details to go through," he added.

Troussier has spent most of coaching career in Africa and after a disappointing 1998 World Cup with South Africa he guided Japan to the 2000 Asian Cup title and then to the second round of the 2002 World Cup finals where they lost 1-0 to eventual semi-finalists Turkey.

He had been a candidate for the Wales job which eventually went to John Toshack.

"Philippe Troussier has a record of getting results from sparse resources," Diouf added.

Troussier was coach of Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Japan and Qatar as well as managing French second division clubs Angouleme, Red Star, Rouen and Reims.

Marseille, the best supported club in France, are under-achieving at seventh in the league and fans threatened to boycott home matches after their recent back-to-back defeats to bitter rivals Paris St Germain in the league and League Cup.

© AFP

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