Former Athletic Bilbao coach Bielsa expected to take charge of Marseille
APR 18, 2014 11:01a ET
Anigo is stepping aside this summer and has been helping Marseille with the process of finding the man to take the team forward, with Bielsa now emerging as their number one target.
He has already paid the club a visit, and an appointment could be imminent.
Anigo said in a press conference on Friday, according to L'Equipe: "I'm confident. I am convinced that his response will be positive.
"He stayed a good while to see everything and the people of his type analyse everything and take their time to give an answer. It's normal."
Sixth-placed Marseille will still be under the leadership of Anigo when they tackle Lille in Ligue 1 on Sunday evening, seeking a third straight win.
Lille stand third in the table, and coach Rene Girard is bracing his team for a stiff test at the Stade Velodrome. A stoppage-time Nolan Roux goal gave Lille the points in their home fixture against Marseille in December.
Girard said: "Marseille have maybe experienced a difficult spell a while ago, but everyone goes through that during the course of a season.
"We know that at the Velodrome nothing is ever easy, it's always a hot atmosphere. We're not going to go there as shrinking violets but with the certainty that it will be a difficult meeting in which we well have a say."
Head coach Claudio Ranieri is finding his position coming under increased scrutiny, at the very least from outside the Stade Louis II.
Ranieri, whose team trail PSG by 10 points with five games remaining, said: "One defeat can't change everything. My president is very intelligent.
"The players are in the right spirit, they are working well in training.
"There are five matches left, all finals."
He added: "The most important thing now is to lift our heads and think about the derby against Nice."
Monaco swept to a 3-0 win at Nice in early December but Ranieri said: "Nice are in good form at the moment, it will be different to the first game."
Third-bottom Sochaux, who are five points from safety, have a testing trip to Reims.
Leaders PSG are without a match this weekend, with their home fixture against Evian switched to next Wednesday.