The 57-year-old coach won the Ligue 1 title with Bordeaux in 1999 but he was sacked by Nantes following their relegation from the top flight three years agoMarseille have announced Elie Baup as their new coach just two days after the departure of Didier Deschamps.
The 57-year-old coach, who has been out of the game since being fired by Nantes three years ago, has put pen to paper on a contract which ties him to the Stade Velodrome until the summer of 2014.
"Elie Baup is named coach of l'OM for two seasons," a statement on the club's official website read.
"He should now travel to Crans-Montana, where the players have been in training since Wednesday. He will be presented to the press on Thursday afternoon."
Baup won the Ligue 1 title with Bordeaux in 1999 and drew plenty of plaudits for guiding Toulouse into the qualifying stages of the Champions League on the back of a stunning third-place finish in the top-flight five years ago.
However, the club only just beat the drop the following season and he took Nantes down after moving to the Beaujoire-Louis at the start of the 2008-09 season.