Marseille target two former Chelsea managers as Ligue 1 side look for potential Marcelo Bielsa replacement

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Marseille are reportedly weighing up the prospect of replacing boss Marcelo Bielsa with either Claudio Ranieri or Andre-Villas Boas this summer.


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According to Sportmediaset, the two former Chelsea managers are the leading candidates to take over at Stade Velodrome if Bielsa does not remain for the final 12 months of his current contract.

The French outfit currently occupy fourth position in the Ligue 1 table, one point behind third-placed Monaco, four off Lyon in second spot and five behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

If the owners do decide a fresh approach is needed, they are said to see Ranieri and Villas-Boas as stand-out choices.


Ranieri, relieved of his duties at Chelsea in 2004, was sacked by Greece last November following a surprise 1-0 defeat to the Faroe Islands, just four months after his dismissal by another Ligue 1 side, Monaco.

Villas-Boas, who suffered the Stamford Bridge axe three years ago, has another year left on his current deal at Russian heavyweights Zenit St Petersburg.

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