Marseille coach Gennaro Gattuso has been fired by the French league club following a poor outing at the club.

Gattuso was relieved of his coaching duties a day after Marseille lost 1-0 to a 10-man Brest in the League, a result that dented the club’s hopes of qualifying for European competition next season.

Marseille and Gattuso have started a legal proceeding to part ways and the club is actively looking for a replacement, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Gattuso’s departure has not been announced by the club.

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Marseille is ninth in the standings after 22 matches, trailing leader Paris Saint-Germain by 23 points.

We’ve hit rock bottom,” Gattuso told a postmatch news conference after Sunday’s defeat. “When you hit rock bottom, you have to take responsibility. It’s my responsibility. There is nothing else to say. The table? The truth is that we’re going to have to start looking behind us. We can no longer speak about Europe. We just need to take the necessary points to be calm in the standings.”

Gattuso previously coached Milan, Napoli, and most recently Spanish club Valencia. As a player, Gattuso won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and two league titles and two Champions League trophies with AC Milan, where he played 468 games and scored 11 goals. His only goal in 73 appearances for Italy was a fierce 25-meter strike against England in a 1-0 win in November 200