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Marseille appoint former Real Madrid player Michel as manager


Marseille appoint former Real Madrid player Michel as manager


Out-of-sorts French first division side Marseille have appointed former Real Madrid player Michel as the club’s new manager.

The 52-year-old Spaniard has previously coached Rayo Vallecano Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiacos.

He takes over the helm from Marcelo Bielsa on a two year contract.

Bielsa – nicknamed the ‘crazy one’ – shocked all by quitting after the club’s opening day defeat citing a contract dispute with the Marseille Board as the reason.

Míchel has been without a club since the start of the year after steering the Greeks of Olympiakos to a domestic Cup and two Superleague titles.

His job at Marseille begins immediately as the Mediterranean side look to recover from back-to-back defeats in their opening two matches.

Chelsea appear to have pipped Manchester United to the signing of Barcelona star Pedro after the clubs agreed a deal worth 30 million euros.

The 28-year-old is expected to travel to London this week to finalise terms on the transfer.

Pedro has seen his playing time at Barca decrease of late and with the Euros in France next year wants more minutes on the pitch to be in contention.

He will be Chelsea’s second signing in under a week following the acquisition of Ghana defender Baba Rahman.

Chelsea have started this season poorly and are without a win in their opening two league games for the first time since 1998.

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