OM: Rudi Garcia on the front line

Strengthened by its results, the Marseille coach has more and more influence, especially in the field of recruitment. Here he is on the front line.

The transfer market is first made to strengthen the teams, but sometimes it can also strengthen a coach. In the complex operation of a football club, where power is often reluctantly distributed, the transfer window is an opportunity for everyone to measure its sphere of influence and, in this game, the summer does not have Rudi Garcia must be displeased. Nothing is perfect, because the Marseille technician wanted a center forward and he did not arrive; but furthermore, his requirements have been met. And his choices validated.

Today, more than ever since he signed with OM, in October 2016, after the takeover of the club by Frank McCourt, Garcia (54 years old) stands out as the strongman of the sportsman and his voice. It goes further than that of his sports director, Andoni Zubizarreta. On his arrival the mission of the former coach of the LOSC already had advantages, because the context helped him just as well as his resume: he embodied the famous champions …