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TOKYO, May 1 (AFP)
Japan coach Philippe Troussier is in talks on a move to former European champions Olympique Marseille, the Frenchman told AFP on Wednesday.

Troussier, who has indicated that he will leave Japan after the World Cup, said he was "very honoured" to have been approached about possibly becoming the French club's new manager.

"I can confirm that I have been approached and that I am among two or three candidates for the post of manager," Troussier said.

He added: "It is a challenge that interests me but negotiations are still underway and no decision has been made, as the Marseille directors have made clear."

Troussier, who said he did not expect a decision before mid-May at the earliest, was speaking to AFP from Kobe in western Japan where his squad are due to face Honduras on Thursday.

He said he was flattered by the interest shown in him by France's best-supported club.

"It is a form of recognition for the work I am doing currently and have done in the past. I'm very honoured because that shows people have been following my progress."

Before taking charge of Japan, Troussier spent ten years in Africa, where he managed the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa and was nicknamed the "white witchdoctor."

Marseille won the European Cup in 1993 but the club's finest hour was tainted by subsequent revelations that they had bribed opposition players to take it easy during league matches in the runup to the final.

The club is set to finish the current season in a mid-table position after narrowly avoiding being relegated at the end of 2000-2001 season because of the precarious state of its finances.

Troussier said his goal, if he gets the job, would be to get the club back into Europe.

"Marseille is a European club -- it should be on the same level as clubs like Bayern Munich," he said.

The Frenchman underlined however that he would not take the job unless it was clear that he would be a manager in the English sense of the term -- in other words given full responsibility for handling the first team, the signing of players and the club's training and scouting operations.

It is not clear how this would square with the position of Marseille's current first team coach Albert Emon. The club announced in March that Emon would stay on until June 2003.

Troussier vowed that the talks on his own future would not distract him from the task of getting Japan beyond the first round stage of the World Cup, which kicks off on May 31.

"I have always made it clear that I did not want to carry on after the World Cup," he said. "After four years of a job that has been as uplifting and rich as my experience in Japan, I now want to pursue my own personal development elsewhere."
 

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Marseille Fail To Lift Option On Andre Luiz
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05/02/2002. Brazilian midfielder Andre Luiz, touted by many as one of le Championnat's best players of the season, will not stay at Olympique Marseille. The former French giants have not lifted the buy-out option they had on the player, who is on loan from Primera Liga strugglers Tenerife.

Marseille were put off by Tenerife's asking price of €13m. This news will alert Paris Saint-Germain, who are keen to sign the player when his loan contract expires later this month.

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Andre Luiz is too expensive for a marseille squad who want to get out "non european contracts" ( limited at 5 by entire squad !!! )
Marseille will see lot of players coming back after loan


Troussier won't be at MArseille because his concition xas to have Philippe Bergeroo as assistant manager, problem Bergeroo signed for Rennes today


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Marseille Terminate Alfonso & Rivera's Loan Deals
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05/08/2002. Real Madrid midfielder Alberto Rivera and Barcelona forward Alfonso have learned they will not stay at Marseille where their loan will be terminated in the coming days. New OM boss Christophe Bouchet pointed out he demanded commitment from the squad and hinted he was disappointed with the on-loan elements of the team.

It means Rivera & Alfonso will leave Marseille, as well as Parma's Stefano Torrisi, Sporting's Manuel Dimas and Nantes' Wilfried Dalmat. All those players joined during the winter break but failed to make an impact.

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So L`OM want to terminate the Alfonso loan? maybe that is not so smart...I think both this spaniards are great players both maybe thier wages is being to high...

One player that Marseille should use very much is young stiker Cyril Chapuis (U21 player for France), he is going to be a deadly weapon very soon!

Lamine Sakho is also a quality striker...

one question that remains is: HOW COULD MARSEILLE DIRECTORS LET FLORIAN MAURICE LEAVE THE CLUB??:confused: :confused: :depress: :eek: :(

Maurice= buteur exeptionell :) ;)
 

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Celta has only signed Maurice on loan right? So maybe he'll come back to OM during the summer break. I definitely hope so because IMO Maurice is a quality striker!
 
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