The Marseille president spoke on the club’s official website to discuss 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 wanted to speak on the club’s official website to discuss the latest changes to the Olympique de Marseille organization chart and in the transfer market. The Olympian president first mentioned the role of Javier Ribalta, appointed director of football and with whom he had already worked at Juventus Turin between 2015 and 2017: “This position is essential for ensuring and maintaining consistency across sports policy, especially decision-making. It’s very important to mehe said. Javier is one of the most talented people in football. I strongly believe in the incarnation of projects by young leaders who already have a lot of experience. He has been demonstrating at a high level for several years his ability to adapt to all evolutions of football..”
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Football director, sports director: which prerogatives do each get?
The Spaniard also mentioned the difference between the prerogatives entrusted to Javier Ribalta and David Friio, who have been with the club since 2020 and who will inherit the post of sporting director:We are strengthening David’s position to provide more clarity on the evolution of our organization. In a more operational role, David will take care of the day-to-day relationship between management and professional group and the management of the scouting teams.he specified. In a more strategic role, Javier will add value to the existing organization thanks to his creativity. Ultimately it is a team effort, each in his field with his expertise, at the service of the club.“In addition, Marco Otero, who came over from Valence FC, will occupy the position of technical director in charge of training, with the ambition to make it “the gateway for future Olympique de Marseille players“.”It’s a matter of club identity and culture“, he stood on it.
“We are dealing with a highly speculative market. »
During the interview, Pablo Longoria did not discuss one of the big themes of the coming weeks for Olympique de Marseille: the transfer market. The Marseille manager presented the club’s ambitions for the off-season while explaining why he has not been very active since the opening of the transfer window: “We focused on the positions we want to strengthen and those where we need to improve. At the moment we are dealing with a highly speculative markethe said. So we have our goals, but we have to stay consistent with this trend, as we have been doing at the club since day one. This consistency should also be reflected in our playing identity, with profiles of players who are determined to join us through this team-building idea and who are fully committed to the club’s project. These are the basics. Then we work with priority.»
And Marseille’s management choices must be made in line with Jorge Sampaoli’s game project, while certain rumors assure the Argentine would consider leaving La Canebière if the club did not strengthen for the coming season.I repeat, but it is so important: we want to give maximum coherence to the project. This is the key. Just like last season, we should all work together in the same directionhe clarified. In recruitment, it is a real logic of collective construction with Jorge and his staff, around two aspects: the playing style of the team and the profiles of the players, which should complement each other.Olympique de Marseille was mired in financial difficulties for a while – the DNCG had monitored payroll before the restrictions were lifted – several opportunities to bolster itself in these early days of the transfer market. The coming weeks should be quite lively on the side of Canebière with several dossiers that could settle (Bazoer, Harit, Saliba, Kluivert etc.).