Leonardo Jardim & Christophe Galtier have been sounded out by Marseille to replace André Villas-Boas

L’Équipe report that Ligue 1 side Marseille have sounded out Leonardo Jardim (free agent) and Christophe Galtier (Lille), as they seek to line up potential replacements for André Villas-Boas, who is widely expected to depart the club after Sporting Director Andoni Zubizaretta left OM last night.

Under contract with Lille until June 2021, Galtier made it known that he was concentrating on his adventure in northern France, with LOSC President Gérard Lopez being especially unimpressed with the approach made by OM. However, it seems that Galtier has the exact profile that Jacques-Henri Eyraud is searching for: a manager who is able to achieve a lot with limited financial means. More interestingly, the contact was made for Galtier in the second half of April, which suggests that Eyraud has been making a series of rather calculated moves recently.

OM have also studied an approach for Leonardo Jardim, who departed AS Monaco for the second time at the end of 2019. Eyraud has always appreciated the coach, who is used to player trading and has a pragmatic trait shared by Villas-Boas – Jardim also loves what Marseille represents. However, his salary demands are high and someone close to him was sceptical when asked about the chances of Leo moving to Marseille.

OM have also made initial enquiries for Beijing Guoan boss Bruno Genesio, but no formal contact with the Frenchman as of yet.

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