The OM is expanding its leadership team with the arrival, on Sunday 26 July, Pablo Longoria as executive managing director in charge of football. The club wishes to open a new period of development, marked by his return in the champions League. It is the end of a first mercato OM, led by president Jacques-Henri Eyraud after the departure in may of the previous sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.
With the recruitment of the Spanish Longoria, Hugues Ouvrard as " head of business ", and the maintenance of Andre Villas-Boas as coach, the club of provence has built a spine for learn to run faster. "We start now the second phase of our plan all together. Everything comes together so that we could climb together the next summit, " responded the american owner Frank McCourt in the release.
Responsible for "the entire sports sector"
the Second to last year of League 1 interrupted by the coronavirus, Marseille wants to keep up this pace, and to continue in the champions League, the stade Velodrome will review the next season after seven years of waiting. This rise in the system also responds to an economic logic, while the OM has been sanctioned in June of a fine of 3 million euros by UEFA for violating the rules of financial fair play, because of deficits are too high recognized since its acquisition by McCourt in 2016.
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"I hope that he will be a good fit"
The Asturian, whose arrival has been leaked out on Saturday in the press, has already worked as a recruiter in Newcastle (England), Huelva (Spain) and in Italy, Sassuolo, Atalanta Bergamo and, especially, Juventus Turin, where he was director of recruitment 2015 to 2018. This hunter talent is known in Spain for having been part of the trio that revived on the european scene, Valencia CF, where he has been athletic director between February 2018 and September 2019.
" Pablo, I know it well, this is the first athletic director to have me offered a job of coach, number one, to Recreativo Huelva, in 2009, when I was the assistant of Mourinho (at Porto). He had 24 years, " said Villas-Boas on Saturday. "So we have already been in contact, I hope that it will be a good fit," added the Portuguese. "We were looking for a sports manager is very experienced, spent by top european clubs, which provided a new approach to this function. With Pablo Longoria, we found this combination, as well as the human qualities that have impressed us ", said of his side, Jacques-Henri Eyraud. The Spanish between depending on Monday, just as Hugues Ouvrard.
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The prospect of a takeover of the club
waiting for his arrival, the OM has already recruited two young promising players, thanks to the networks of AVB : the midfielder havrais Pope Gueye (21 years old) and the argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi (age 21) on loan from Dortmund. With Longoria and his address book, the club should be looking for in particular, a left back and an attacker additional. The OM was completed on Saturday, with a defeat against the Slovaks from the DAC (2-1), an internship in Bavaria positive, according to his coach. He will be back in official competition on Friday, August 21 against Saint-Étienne, to the 1st day of L1.
Until then, the phocean city could hear about new drama of the redemption of the OM, agitated by Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi, and Mourad Boudjellal, interested in the transaction. But Frank McCourt has formally rejected the offer of negotiation of Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi, according to an email that the Agency France-Presse was able to visit last Thursday.