Christophe Galtier rejected to manage OM this season

Paris Saint-Germain V Clermont, French Ligue 1 regular season.
Paris Saint-Germain V Clermont, French Ligue 1 regular season. / Tim Clayton - Corbis/GettyImages

Fired from his position at PSG at the end of last season, Christophe Galtier remains a free-agent manager and on the coaching market.

Targeted by accusations of racism by Julien Fournier, his former sports director at OGC Nice, and after a multitude of small controversies at PSG, such as the sand yacht affair, the French manager has stayed out of the spotlight for several months and does not seem ready to take over a team right away.

Reports of interest of Olympique de Marseille in signing the manager emerged the day after the PSG/OM match last week, saying Christophe Galtier had been contacted by Pablo Longoria and Javier Ribalta but also revealing that all parties wanted to take their time to think and that the club wanted to survey the supporters about the potential hiring before going ahead with it.

Finally, on Tuesday, the former coach of AS Saint-Etienne and PSG among others denied any negotiation with the Marseille club, which moved on to sign Italian manager Gennaro Gattuso, according to L'Equipe.

The native of Marseille did not want to dive back into an adventure straight away and did not give a “definitive no” to the Marseille leaders, although the club is under pressure as OM wanted a new coach on the bench against AS Monaco.

The timing between the two parties was therefore not suitable and the 57-year-old, who made calls to inquire about the project, proof of his interest, made the difficult decision to decline.