Paris - Marseille's new American owner on Thursday appointed former Roma and
Lille boss Rudi Garcia as the club's coach on a three-year deal.
replaces Franck Passi and will take charge for the French giant's clash
against arch-rivals Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on
"Rudi Garcia, 52, has signed a three-year contract. He will take up his role" starting Friday, Marseille said in a statement.
appointment comes just three days after US tycoon Frank McCourt
completed his purchase of the Ligue 1 side from Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.
I met Rudi, he told me straight away he wanted to win the Champions
League," said McCourt, who has vowed to restore Marseille to their
"I immediately knew he would be the man for the job," added the Boston-born former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
guided Lille to a league and French Cup double in 2011 and was last in
charge of Roma before he was sacked in January, having steered the Serie
A side to successive second-place finishes behind Juventus.
earlier confirmed they had terminated Garcia's contract by mutual
agreement, with the Frenchman still having been tied to the Italian