Before working as coach of Olympique de Marseille, Gennaro Gattuso was approached by Olympique Lyonnais. The coach explains the reasons for his disagreement.
After a difficult start to the season, we noted that the Champions League play-offs face Panathinaikos, Marseille part ways with the Spaniard Marcelino. This is part of the cause of the tense reunion between management and representatives of the supporter groups. In September, OM reappears: Gennaro Gattuso.
The Italian, formerly of AC Milan, Valencia and Naples, has been available in the media for several seasons and the same at Lyon. Information confirmed by interest.
« I am satisfied »
During an interview given to The Teamthe OM coach did not regret the failure of the discussions with Lyon: “I had a change with one person, John Textor. I don’t know, but honestly, I’m happy with the way things are going. (…) There are some people who are penalized for the same reason that they cause problems, but in their career they do not have the right to dispute with a child. Unlike that, I want to enjoy the joys. However, if opposing players means reframing them when I see that they are not invested enough or that they lack passion, that is part of my approach. For me, the ground is sacred and intense training is non-negotiable..
Gennaro Gattuso: “You have to have two lives to refuse an adventure like this. At OM, I feel alive. I feel all the love and passion around the club. My family is doing very well here.
I don’t think about my contract.
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-Guillaume Tarpi (@GuillaumeTarpi) January 5, 2024
Before approaching his first contacts with Marseille: “After having had discussions with Lyon the previous week, I was contacted by Pablo (Longoria) three or four days after our negotiations with OL were interrupted. “I know the type of team that represents OM, I demand a day of reflection to make the decision.”. After consultation with the coaching team, Gennaro Gattuso and the chosen signatory “without any hesitation”car “You would have to have two lives to refuse such an adventure and I only have one”.
After Olympique Lyonnais dominated the victory in Ligue 1 (3-0), Gennaro Gattuso’s OM returned to Groupama Stadium on February 4.