French league club Marseille fires coach Gennaro Gattuso; Report

Marseille has sacked coach Gennaro Gattuso, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision who spoke with The Associated Press on Monday.

Gattuso was sacked from his coaching duties a day after Marseille fell 1-0 against 10-man Brest in the league, ending the club’s hopes of qualifying for a European competition next season.

Marseille and Gattuso have begun a formal proceeding to split ways, and the club is actively seeking a replacement, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the club has not announced Gattuso’s departure.

After 22 games, Marseille sits ninth in the standings, 23 points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain.

Since American owner Frank McCourt bought Marseille in 2016, the former French soccer powerhouse has struggled to find stability, with a slew of coaches and problems that sometimes became violent.

Gattuso has managed Milan, Napoli, and most recently, Valencia from Spain. Gattuso won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, as well as two league titles and two Champions League trophies with AC Milan, where he appeared in 468 games and netted 11 goals. His just one goal for Italy in 73 games was a powerful 25-meter shot against England in a 1-0 victory in November 2000.

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