Olympique de Marseille coach Tomislav Ivic has asked to be relieved of his duties and instead wants an advisory position.
Olympique de Marseille coach Tomislav Ivic has asked to be relieved of his duties and instead wants an advisory position at the French club.
Break from work
The 68-year-old Croatian was taken to hospital last Saturday after complaining of fatigue and missed his club's 4-2 victory over Montpellier Hérault SC in the French League Cup on Sunday. He has been cleared to leave hospital but rather than return to work immediately, he will take a break to decide his future.
’Prefer to switch’
"Ivic said he would prefer to switch to a technical adviser position because the coaching job is too stressful," said a club spokeswoman. Ivic, however, will not take any final decisions before speaking to [sports director] Bernard Tapie. “He will take a few days off and than speak to Tapie,” the spokeswoman added.
Ivic, who has been in charge of teams such as AFC Ajax and the Iranian national side, has a history of heart trouble and a year ago quit Belgian side R. Standard de Liège after suffering further problems. Sources in Marseille said that Ivic was "exhausted" after the trip to Paris on 29 November, where his team drew 0-0 with Paris Saint-Germain FC.
Houllier and Roux
He is the third high-profile coach in recent weeks to suffer health problems. Liverpool FC's French coach Gérard Houllier is recovering at home after heart surgery in October while AJ Auxerre coach Guy Roux had bypass surgery last week.