reorganization, transfer window, Jorge Sampaoli … Pablo Longoria talks about the future of OM

Pablo Longoria spoke about the future of Olympique de Marseille. JB Autissier / PANORAMICA

The president of Marseille has spoken on the club’s official website to talk about the future of Olympic training.

A speech to clarify the future. While the resumption of the professional group is scheduled for June 29, Pablo Longoria has wanted to speak on the club’s official website to talk about the latest changes in the organization chart of Olympique de Marseille as well as the transfer market. The president of the Olympian mentioned for the first time the role of Javier Ribalta, appointed director of football, and with whom he had already worked at Juventus in Turin between 2015 and 2017: “This position is essential to ensure and maintain coherence throughout sports policy, especially in decision-making. It is very important to meHe said. Javier is one of the most talented people in football. I firmly believe in the embodiment of projects of young leaders who already have a lot of experience. He has demonstrated for several years now, at a high level, his ability to adapt to all the evolutions of football.. ”

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The Spaniard also mentioned the difference between the prerogatives entrusted to Javier Ribalta and David Friio, who has been with the club since 2020 and who inherits the position of sporting director: “We are strengthening David’s position to give more clarity to the evolution of our organization. In a more operational role, David will oversee the day-to-day relationship between management and the professional group as well as the management of Scouting teams.he specified. In a more strategic role, Javier will add value to the existing organization, thanks to his creativity. In the end, it is a team effort, each in his field with his experience, at the service of the club.“In addition, Marco Otero, arrived from Valence FC, will hold the position of technical director in charge of training, with the ambition to do so”the gateway for future Olympique de Marseille players“.”It is a matter of club identity and culturehe insisted.

“We are facing a very speculative market. »

Pablo Longoria

During the interview, Pablo Longoria did not stop talking about one of the big issues of the coming weeks for Olympique de Marseille: the transfer market. The Marseille coach presented the club’s ambitions for the low season, explaining at the same time the reasons that have prevented him from being very active since the opening of the transfer market: “We have pointed out the positions we want to strengthen and those in which we need to improve. Right now, we are facing a very speculative marketHe said. So we have our goals but we have to stay consistent with this trend, as we have done since day one at the club. This consistency must also be reflected in our player identity, with profiles of players determined to accompany us with this idea of ​​building the team and who want to be fully committed to the club project. These are the basics. Then we operate by priority.»

And the choices made by the management of Marseille must be made in accordance with the game plan established by Jorge Sampaoli, while certain rumors say that the Argentine would consider leaving La Canebière if the club is never strengthened by next season.I repeat, but it is very important: we want to give maximum coherence to the project. This is the key. Like last season, we have to work together in the same directionclarified. In hiring, it is a real logic of collective construction with Jorge and his staff, around two aspects: the style of play of the team and the profiles of the players, which must be complementary to each other.Stranded for some time in financial trouble – the DNCG had overseen its payroll before lifting its limitations – Olympique de Marseille lost several opportunities to strengthen in these first days of the transfer market. The next few weeks should be quite lively alongside Canebière with several files that could be settled (Bazoer, Harit, Saliba, Kluivert, etc.).

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