Michel named Marseille manager

Olympique Marseille have announced the appointment of Real Madrid legend Michel as the club's new manager on a two-year contract.

Former Olympiacos manager Michel replaces Marcelo Bielsa at Stade Velodrome following the Argentine's shock resignation after Les Phoncens' opening-day defeat to Caen last weekend.

Michel takes charge of his first game against newly-promoted outfit Troyes on Sunday and the former Spain international is relishing the chance to turn the club's fortunes around following a turbulent start to the campaign.

"I'm very happy. Right from the initial contact with the club, I found the challenge of coaching this club a very exciting one," the 52-year-old said at his unveiling.

"I was in contact with president Labrune for about ten days, and everything moved very quickly. We'll improve, we'll grow in confidence and I can assure you that we will be better.

"I just want the players to feel good about putting the OM shirt on and to make the most of each training session. Playing for Olympique de Marseille is no simple task. It's a world-famous club and that fact commands respect."

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