Marcelino was forced to step down from his position as head coach just after seven games in charge in the wake of turmoil between the fans and the management.
The club’s supporters voiced their disappointment towards the Spaniard’s playing style, with the former Valencia boss revealing that he quit his job after receiving threats and insults.
Les Phocéens president Pablo Longoria appointed Jacques Abardonado as the interim manager but has been scouring the options for a new permanent appointment.
Christophe Galtier and Julen Lopetegui were considered for the job, but Gattuso has secured the role.
The legendary midfielder will pen his contract with the French giants on Wednesday.
The 45-year-old’s managerial career hasn’t been anything extraordinary, and his only notable achievement was winning the Coppa Italia with Napoli in 2019/20.
Gattuso’s most recent spell was with Valencia, where he lasted for only a short time before quitting his role at the start of the year.
The Italian’s time with Los Che was marred by the club’s prolonged crisis.
Marseille suffered a heavy defeat against Paris Saint-Germain over the weekend, which marked their fourth straight game without a victory.
They also fell short in the Champions League qualifiers, dropping into the Europa League.
Gattuso is another risky bet from the Ligue 1 giants due to his underwhelming CV and lack of trophies.
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