Jean-Louis Gasset, the end of his career in decline

Gennaro Gattuso and OM, it's over. And the least we can say is that the club from Marseille quickly replaced him. The Italian had barely been announced as leaving when Jean-Louis Gasset was appointed to replace him. The 70-year-old Frenchman has the advantage of being free and knows Ligue 1 perfectly after playing for Bordeaux, Paris Saint-Germain, Montpellier and Saint-Étienne. OM will, of course, have to obtain an exemption so that the 70-year-old coach can lead his new team (the age limit is 65, note), but that should not be a problem. On the other hand, the question of choosing Gasset arises very quickly, even if it is a short mission. Yes, Laurent Blanc's historic former sidekick is available immediately, but does he have the qualities to play the role of on-call firefighter for the rest of the season?

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On paper, Gasset is one of the most experienced technicians in our championship. After the Parisian adventure with Blanc (2013-2016), he worked wonders with ASSE. Arriving as Julien Sablé's assistant, Gasset was promoted to No.1 in December 2017 before guiding the Greens to 7th place in his first season (2017-18), as they flirted with the relegation zone over the winter. The next season (2018-2019) was followed by a very good 4th place. In total, he will play 62 games at the helm of ASSE with a performance of 29 wins, 13 draws and only 15 losses. Under his leadership, ASSE won 51% of their games, collecting 100 points in a season and a half. In L1, he also averaged 1.75 points per game. That's the best tally by a Saint-Etienne coach in the elite since Robert Herbin between 1972 and 1983 (1.85 points per game).

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Except that his last experiments were not exactly crowned with success. At the end of his adventure at Saint-Etienne in 2019, Gasset announced his retirement, before leaving a year later in August 2020 to coach Girondins de Bordeaux, who are languishing in the second half of the table in L1. But Paul Sousa's successor made a less good copy. The two left Bordeaux in 12th place (Sousa managed only 28 games after the suspension of the championship due to the COVID epidemic), but the Portuguese had better statistics. With Gasset, Bordeaux had the 17th attack in the championship while Sousa had 6. Finally, if Sousa had the lowest points average among Bordeaux coaches in the last 10 years (1.19 points per game), Gasset did better (1.15). .

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Replaced in 2021 by Vladimir Petković, Gasset returned to head the Ivory Coast in May 2022. The rest, we know. The Frenchman's aim was clearly to build an Elephants squad destined to shine during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations hosted at home. What Serge Aurier's partners have achieved. But not Gasset. Despite a positive record of 11 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, the Montpellier native paid dearly despite a star-studded squad with defeats to Nigeria (0-1) and Equatorial Guinea (0-4) to become the second Elephants manager to achieve this poor performance . A man capable of miracles in the past, will Jean-Louis Gasset be able to find the key to wake up OM and secure the end of the season?

Pub. on February 19, 2024 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated on February 19, 2024 at 5:20 p.m

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