Marseille identify Sampaoli as new head coach


(Reuters) – Olympique de Marseille have appointed as their new head coach the previous Argentina and Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, the Ligue 1 membership stated.

The 60-year-old replaces Andre-Villas Boas, who was suspended on Feb. 2, hours after the Portuguese coach had supplied to resign over disagreements with the membership’s board.

Sampaoli, who led Chile to their first Copa America title in 2015, has signed a contract till June 2023. He arrives after lower than a yr answerable for Brazilian membership Atletico Mineiro.

“I’ve been instructed all my life that Marseille is a particular place for ardour,” the previous Sevilla boss stated in a press release.

“Marseille is a membership for the folks. We’re not right here to cover: we’ll play exhausting. On the planet, there are locations for calm and there are intense locations. It’s the latter that I would like. This membership has a soul and that’s the reason we’re right here.”

Marseille have additionally named Pablo Longoria as chairman of the manager board to exchange Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

Eyraud had come beneath rising stress, with disgruntled followers claiming he had managed the membership extra like an organization than a soccer workforce since he took over in 2016.

Some supporters broke into the membership’s coaching centre this month in protest towards the management and a poor run of outcomes.

“It is a new chapter for Marseille, and I personally commit myself to creating to make it an actual success,” stated the membership’s American proprietor Frank McCourt, who is ready to fulfill followers and leaders of fan teams to debate long-term plans.

Marseille sit seventh within the French league, 20 factors behind leaders Lille with a recreation in hand. They host Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez)



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