The Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, who arrived in Marseille in February 2021, is no longer the team's coach, the club itself announced this Friday, speaking of a "common decision".
"We are satisfied with the road traveled and the emotions lived together, but due to a long reflection, the two parties, acting in the general interest of the Olympique de Marseille project, have agreed to end this stage," writes the French club. it's a statement.
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Under Sampaoli, Marseille managed to finish second in Ligue 1 last season and qualified directly for the Champions League.
But, since May, the Argentine coach left a very clear message to the board about his demands in the transfer market.
“Do we want to go to the Champions League for the money or to be competitive? It is the most important thing that the president, the owner and the manager have to know: to know why we set ourselves that goal, ”he said.
«It is necessary to know if there is a possibility of creating a Champions League team. Because playing the Champions League is playing against great teams. Going to play some games and not being a real part of the competition seems illogical to me, ”said Sampaoli, with a reputation for being very demanding in terms of signings.
At the moment, Marseille has only signed two central defenders, Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moscow) and the young Isaak Touré (Le Havre).
The club has also lost two undisputed starters, William Saliba, back to Arsenal after his loan spell, and Boubacar Kamara, who left on a free transfer to Aston Villa.
Sampaoli, 62, arrived at Marseille after the resignation of the Portuguese André Villas-Boas. "Thanks to the players for playing such beautiful football. Thanks to the fans because without you, nothing makes sense. Until another better wind," the coach said goodbye through his social networks.