A crisis meeting is currently taking place at OM, uncertainties surrounding Longoria and Marcelino.

Une réunion est en cours, mardi 19 septembre, à Marseille, l’entraîneur Marcelino aurait démissionné et son président Longoria y songerait.

Une réunion de crise était en cours mardi après-midi à l’OM, a appris l’AFP d’une source proche du dossier confirmant une information de La Provence, dans un contexte tendu marqué par des incertitudes autour de l’avenir du président Pablo Longoria et de l’entraîneur Marcelino.

Are Marcelino and Longoria resigning?

In the morning, the newspaper L’Equipe reported that Marcelino had informed his players that he was going to leave the club. On the other hand, Eurosport Spain announced that Longoria was preparing to resign after receiving « death threats » during a meeting with club supporters on Monday.

The AFP has not received confirmation of these two pieces of information, but has learned from a source close to the case that a crisis meeting is taking place at the Commanderie, the training center of OM. It was also at the Commanderie that a meeting took place on Monday evening between the club’s management and the leaders of the supporters’ groups.

Réunion très tendue avec les supporters

This meeting took place in an atmosphere described by one of the participants as « very tense ». Another participant denied the death threats mentioned by Eurosport Spain. Dissatisfied with the results, the style of play, and overall sports policy of the club, the supporters demanded the resignation of the entire management team, which includes Longoria, his close Spanish collaborators Javier Ribalta (football director) and Pedro Iriondo (general manager), and the financial director Stéphane Tessier.

The start of the season has been mixed.

The ongoing crisis comes at a time when Marseille’s season has been quite underwhelming. Marcelino, who joined the club this summer to replace Igor Tudor, is a close friend of Longoria. However, he has failed to qualify his team for the Champions League, stumbling in the third preliminary round against Panathinaikos.

In the championship, Marseille is currently in 4th place with nine points from five matches, but they are struggling in terms of gameplay. On Sunday, the disappointing 0-0 draw against Toulouse was met with a huge outcry from the fans, with both stands urging the players to « give it their all » or « get lost ».