Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli, who arrived in Marseille in February 2021, is no longer OM coach, the club announced on Friday, speaking of a “joint decision”. “We are satisfied with the path traveled and the emotions experienced together, but following a long reflection, the two parties, who are acting in the interest of the Olympique de Marseille project, have agreed to put an end to this step”, writes OM in a press release. OM President Pablo Longoria will give a press conference at 5:00 p.m.
Olympique de Marseille and Jorge Sampaoli announce their joint decision to end their collaboration.
– Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) July 1, 2022
A transfer window dispute
With Jorge Sampaoli, OM finished second in Ligue 1 last season and therefore qualified directly for the Champions League. But as early as May, the Argentinian had sent a very clear message to his leaders about his requirements for the transfer window. “Do we want the Champions League for the money or to be competitive there? This is what is most important to know for the president, the owner and the coach: to know why we are giving ourselves this objective”, he had said.
“You have to know if there is the possibility of creating a Champions League team. Because playing the Champions League means playing against big teams. Coming to play a few matches and not really being part of the competition, that seems illogical to me”, added Sampaoli, reputed to be very demanding in terms of recruitment.
Only two rookies so far
For the moment, OM have only recruited two central defenders, Samuel Gigot and the young Isaak Touré. The club also lost two indisputable starters, William Saliba, who returned to Arsenal, and Boubacar Kamara, who left for Aston Villa.
Sampaoli, 62, arrived in Marseille after the resignation of André Villas-Boas, which concluded a chaotic cycle, marked by the attack on the Commanderie training center by supporters and the replacement of Jacques-Henri Eyraud by Longoria.