OM: Longoria en première ligne au coeur d’un été agité

OM: Longoria en première ligne au coeur d'un été agité

The president of the OM, Pablo Longoria, has lived through a chaotic summer since the sudden departure of Jorge Sampaoli. Revered for the serenity that he was able to bring after the departure of Jacques-Henri Eyraud, after qualification for the Champions League obtained last season, the club boss also makes mistakes.

Storm warning on the Canebière. Praised by the OM fans for his ability to put together, despite limited means, a demanding squad, for an equally demanding style of play, more or less in line with the idea that his then coach, Jorge Sampaoli, had of him. , the attractive and passionate Pablo Longoria is going through a first zone of turbulence since the hasty exit of Jorge Sampaoli during the summer. Caught between a rock and a hard place, between the need to deal with a reduced margin of maneuver in the transfer market and the need to fill an ambitious coach, Pablo Longoria had no choice but to sympathize with Jorge Sampaoli in the conditions of an exit. a year before the Argentine coach’s contract ends.

It will only be a few days before the president of Marseille announces the replacement of the Argentine. It will therefore be Igor Tudor, a coach whose drastic methods tense the locker room. Less interventionist than his predecessor in the transfer window, he does not impose anything on his management. On the other hand, Tudor intends to dictate his law and impose a total change of philosophy on his players, even if that means looking like a dictator to his troops. Players hoping for more diplomacy got their money’s worth. At the moment, Pablo Longoria seems to be behind his coach despite the revolt of the players, according to the newspaper L’Equipe, but the situation seems complex to manage with such a disputed coach, when the season has barely started.

Disastrous preparation, disputed coach, disappointing signings… all the ingredients of the fiasco come together at the dawn of a season that was to be confirmed. After André Villas-Boas and Jorge Sampaoli, will Pablo Longoria escort a third coach to the start? Such a failure would be a big stain on Pablo Longoria’s resume, which already has quite a few. If he has made some good moves in the transfer market (Guendouzi, Saliba, Under, etc.) and can always credit this direct qualification for the Champions League, obtained on the gong at the end of last season, he also made big casting mistakes. . in hiring (Nagatomo, Henrique, Kolasinac, Balerdi, Lirola, Bakambu…).

Human management that raises questions

The preseason also highlighted a particular human management with the treatment reserved for poor Bamba Dieng, marginalized like a scum when he is Marseille’s top scorer in the summer preparation with very little playing time and everything seems to indicate that he can fully correspond to the style game defended by Igor Tudor. Instead, and while the player hammers that he would see himself continuing to progress in Marseille, his president does not listen to him like that.

According to his agent in La Provence of the day, Bamba Dieng’s situation is “strange”. The Senegalese clan grows impatient, while OM seems to encourage the player to accept the idea of ​​leaving. Lowered overnight in the hierarchy of OM goalkeepers after the transfer of Pau López, Steve Mandanda (now in Rennes), a club legend, also had little taste for this degradation suffered, experienced as great violence.

Unceremoniously fired last winter, Álvaro González has since terminated his contract with OM, who no longer played with Sampaoli. Although he was one of the most used Olympic athletes by Jorge Sampaoli in 2020-2021, the Spanish central defender abruptly disappeared from circulation. “They began to underestimate me in an incomprehensible way because of the way I behaved, when I gave everything for the club, that I went through winds and tides…”, González complained in an interview with L’Equipe last February.

When his players ask him to play with the referees in this heavy weather he had a hand in creating, Pablo Longoria sees a nightmare from hell looming. The president of OM will have to try somehow to decree the sacred union to remove the specter of a great crisis that hangs over his face. A coach drops by his players after friendlies when he has just arrived, we have never seen that. And a coach thanked even before his first season begins, even less so. We are not at this stage yet, but the atmosphere is suffocating in the city of Marseille.

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