Galtier, a real kid at PSG

It is not Zinédine Zidane, but it is nevertheless a Marseillais who will take charge of the destiny of PSG next season. At 55, Christophe Galtier arrives in the capital to change dimension… and camp. Trained at OM, whose jersey he wore for four years as a pro, before starting his coaching career there, the kid from Les Cailloles crossed the Rubicon.

One room, two atmospheres. When Zinédine Zidane’s name began to be associated with PSG, Marseille caught fire. Zizou’s arrival with the enemy was on everyone’s lips, from the Old Port to La Castellane. And then the days passed, the rumors died down, and we were able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yazid, the Marseille legend, in peace, after Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the boss of PSG, claimed that he had not been approached. But the Parisian president confirmed in passing his desire to hire Christophe Galtier, another Marseillais who played for OM, and even trained as an assistant. “I was born in Marseille, it’s a factclarified the interest during his presentation at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday. When you want to practice a profession of passion, when you want to win titles, there is no better place than the Pris Saint-Germain to do it. When the first contacts were established, I put aside my Marseille origins. » And yet, no one is moved by it in the Marseille city.

“Marseille is obviously an important part of my family and social life. I like living in Marseille, in my village in Cassis, going to the Vélodrome. » Christope Galtier

The Galette des Cailloles

“It’s not the same, Galtier has already taken the step by training in Lyon, Saint-Étienne, Nice… He made the Bermuda triangle of our rivals” , explained Smaïn, a 30-year-old MTP member, at the height of the rumors about Zidane. Before adding: “That Galtier goes to PSG, it’s almost logical. » The Twittos Emboucaneur preferred to compare the Galette to Laurent Blanc, rather than to Zizou: “Blanc is a guy from the region, who was captain of OM, but who did not hesitate to go to PSG. » Overall, all Marseille supporters agree on this point: the betrayal of Galtier is in no way comparable to that which would have been the signing of Zidane at PSG. And this, even if the new Parisian coach is a pure product of OM and the Marseille city.

Cousin of Jean-Charles De Bono, member of the mythical Minots team, Christophe Galtier was born in Marseille at the end of the summer of 1966. His father is a policeman, his mother a cashier, and he often goes fishing in the creeks of the area. , when he doesn’t have his tennis racket in hand or when he’s not visiting his grandmother in Cassis. Like Jean Tigana or Éric Cantona, he hit his first balls at the Caillolais Olympic Sports, before joining the real Olympic of his city, at the training center. He also found his cousin there, with whom he started in D1 on July 30, 1985, in the Marseille jersey. His style of play means that this rough defender does not leave a big mark in collective memories. When Tapie seized power, the Minot was pushed towards the exit. Direction LOSC after 68 first games with OM (still) and two lost Coupe de France finals.

“For me, OM means family games in the stands. My dad was a policeman at the time, he did security, but there was no need for it, so he took his kids, put them in a corner, and we watched the match. He was cheating a bit because we weren’t paying for the tickets.” , remembered Galtier in his time in Lille. Before adding: “It’s a whole part of my adolescence and my learning. Then there is the first pro game, my journey, coming back and then being an assistant coach. It is obviously an important part of my family and social life. I like living in Marseille, in my village in Cassis, going to the Vélodrome and even more when there are supporters. » So much so that in 1995, when OM were in D2, he returned to the club to help them regain their rank. Galette played 52 games before finishing his career between Monza and China. In 1999, as a young retiree, he returned to his home port.

“It’s a club that leaves no one indifferent, that’s for sure. I would like to coach Marseille. » Christope Galtier

A forgotten interim

The crampons barely hung up, the hard defender on the man begins his moult. In 1999, Rolland Courbis resigned, and OM was looking for a staff. Christophe Galtier took on the role of Bernard Casoni’s assistant, then remained despite his departure, officiating under Abel Braga before becoming OM’s interim coach with Albert Emon in November 2000. A passage forgotten by many, who more easily remember the reasons for his departure. On April 7, 2000, when a fight broke out in the tunnel after a Marseille-Monaco match, Christophe Galtier was one of Marcelo Gallardo’s attackers. He finally received a six-month suspension, which prompted him to leave OM for Aris Salonika in December 2001. An episode to which the 2021 French champion never returns.

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But his link with OM never really breaks. After a long career as an assistant, during which he dropped his club in the Coupe de France final with Alain Perrin’s Sochaux, Christophe Galtier began his number one career on December 19, 2009 with Saint-Étienne. And guess who? His Greens snatch a draw against OM, en route to their first title in 17 years. Since then, Christophe Galtier has gleaned as much Ligue 1 as his training club over the same period, and has made a name for himself on the continent. He also opened the door several times to a return, as in June 2020, a year before his vintage season in Lille, interviewed by Canal +: “If one day I would like to coach OM? As a Marseille native, I answer yes. But we don’t train OM in just any condition. I think you have to be armed, in good shape. It’s a club that leaves no one indifferent, that’s for sure. I would like to train Marseille. »

Represented by Jean-Pierre Bernès, the Lille resident was even hoped for by the people of Marseille before the appointment of Jorge Sampaoli. Its proximity to several local emblems had also irritated André Villas-Boas, who complained at a press conference in February 2021, referring to the “coaches from other clubs who want to come here. They coach clubs in competition with OM, but they talk about it all the time! Everyone has dreams, me too. » But if Galtier dreamed of returning to Marseille, his wish has just taken a turn for the worse with his appointment to Paris, where he must now learn to dream bigger.

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