Cyrile de La Morinerie // Photo credits: CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP 16:30 pm, September 20, 2023Marcelino's experience on the bench of Olympique de Marseille was short-lived. Arrived on the Canebière on June 23 to succeed Croatian Igor Tudor, the former coach of Valencia failed to qualify the club for the group stage of the Champions League, but this is not the main reason for his departure formalized this Wednesday.
The situation is surreal at Olympique de Marseille. A discussion with the fans, this Monday, which turns into psychodrama and Marcelino, the Spanish coach of Olympique de Marseille arrived at the beginning of the summer, decides to leave the club. An event that comes at a delicate time when the Marseille club is in a very important week with a trip to Amsterdam in the Europa League, this Thursday, and another, this Sunday, in Paris, for the match against Paris Saint-Germain.
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In a statement described as lunar by fans of the Marseille club, we can read that "threats of war have been issued against the board. As long as he does not resign, the management of OM cannot tolerate individual attacks."
Marcelino and Longoria are not targeted
Neither the coach nor the president are mentioned in this statement, yet many rumors quickly circulated on Tuesday. Some sources spoke of a departure of the coach, others of the president. This Wednesday, in the morning, the situation worsens, Pablo Longoria and Marcelino announce that they do not fly to the Netherlands and Marcelino leaves his duties as coach.
Patrick, a fan of OM, interviewed at the microphone of Europe 1, condemns the attitude of the representatives of the supporters during this meeting. "It's really something that doesn't need to be done. Afterwards, they may have done it on a nerve. The coach, it's better that he leaves, he does not give his all on the field. It has to move a little bit. On the other hand (Pablo) Longoria, he has to stay, because he brought a lot of things, "said the fan of OM.
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Despite all this cacophony, supporters came to cheer on the players as they left. It is Jacques Abardonado, former OM player and one of Marcelino's assistants, who should be on the bench during the match against Ajax.