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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Baup unveiled as new Marseille boss

Marseille have moved quickly to appoint Elie Baup as their new manager on a two-year deal to replace Didier Deschamps, who left by mutual agreement on Monday.

Baup, who led Bordeaux to the French title in 1999, returns to Ligue 1 management for the first time since he left Nantes three years ago.

"Elie Baup has been named as coach of Olympique Marseille,'' a statement on the club's official website read. "He will lead the first team of Olympique for two seasons.''

Baup's arrival at the Stade Velodrome comes amid speculation the club were set to turn to Laurent Blanc, after he opted not to renew his contract following Les Bleus' Euro 2012 quarter-final exit.

Baup, 57, has, however, instead been entrusted with reviving the club despite spending the past couple of seasons as a TV pundit.

Aside from his successful stint at Bordeaux, Baup has also managed St Etienne and Toulouse before his last stint at Nantes, which lasted a single year.

Baup, famed for wearing a cap on the touchline, inherits an OM side that finished 10th last season - at one point enduring a 14-match winless run - although another successful cup defence saw them qualify for the Europa League.

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