Marseille 0 - 0 Valenciennes

Match info: Ligue 1 at Stade Velodrome

Date: 18/01/2014 KO: 16:00 Ref: Bartolomeu Varela

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Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch

  • Last Updated: January 17 2014, 14:27 GMT

Marseille caretaker manager Jose Anigo does not expect Zinedine Zidane to be the man the club turn to in the summer when they seek a full-time boss.

Zinedine Zidane: Linked with Marseille post
Zinedine Zidane: Linked with Marseille post

Anigo stepped in last month after Elie Baup paid the price for a poor start to the season, which included six defeats out of six in the Champions League.

The sporting director has a weightier portfolio than the average stand-in coach, and has a previous four-year stint as manager to lean on for experience.

He could have a significant say in who leads the team next season and speculation has centred around a host of coaches, including Zidane, currently second-in-command to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and Borussia Monchengladbach's Lucien Favre.

Of Favre, Anigo said: "Lots of people talk about him. We have asked him but he has a big German club.

"There are lots of trainers who fit the profile."

In a filmed interview with Infosport+, Anigo also addressed the link to former France playmaker Zidane, saying: "Everyone is talking about him, I don't know where it's come from, but Zinedine Zidane is assistant at a very, very big club."

Fifth-placed Marseille have home advantage against lowly Valenciennes in Ligue 1 on Saturday and will look to get Wednesday's Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final loss to Lyon out of their system.

Yet Valenciennes ended December with a surprise win over title contenders Monaco and resumed their Ligue 1 campaign after the winter break by beating Bastia, climbing to 18th in the table and close to climbing out of the relegation zone in doing so.

"We'll have to be very vigilant," Anigo said.

He also confirmed there could be an exodus of big-name players in the summer.

"If we reach the Champions League, are we sure that these players aren't going to go?" Anigo said. "Is it not the moment to accept the requests of certain players who wish to see other championships?

"I think that there are already discussions between the players who wish to leave and ourselves."

Valenciennes are hampered by injury ahead of their trip to the Stade Velodrome, with head coach Ariel Jacobs forced to cope without Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Abdou Camara, Anthony Le Tallec and Lindsay Rose, but defender Benjamin Angoua returns from suspension.

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