OM: Balerdi "happy" of the arrival of Sampaoli, the silent players on Eyraud

Starting from training this Saturday, OM players briefly reacted to the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli on the bench of the first team. Radio silence on the other hand concerning the departure of Jacques-Henri Eyraud and the appointment of Pablo Longoria as president of the Marseille club.

Two days away from facing Lyon during the shock of the 27th day of Ligue 1, OM players had to face important changes at the head of the Marseille team on Friday. Jacques-Henri Eyraud is no longer the president of the club and Pablo Longoria, then sports director, replaces him. Regarding the first team, the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli was also formalized in the press release from Frank McCourt. If the Argentine should not be on the lawn of the Vélodrome facing Les Gones, the interim of Nasser Larguet is indeed coming to an end. What to react the players of the professional group.

“[Sur Jacques-Henri Eyraud] No I’m not talking, “said Alvaro Gonzalez leaving the training center of OM. Before continuing on the subject of his future coach.” Yes we wait. We are waiting for Sampaoli “, concluded the Spanish defender while smiling and winking at the Marseille fans present for some photos.

On loan this season by Borussia Dortmund, Leonardo Balerdi was (a little) more verbose about his compatriot.

“I’m happy. He’s a new coach but he’s doing things well,” said the Argentina international. We are at his disposal.

Impassive on the departure of Eyraud

Like Alvaro Gonzalez, Leonardo Balerdi refused to comment on the end of the presidency of Jacques-Henri Eyraud, preferring to “talk about the team”. Emblematic keeper of the Marseille team, Steve Mandanda got out of his vehicle when leaving the Commanderie. The 2018 world champion took the time to sign autographs and take photos with the supporters before leaving.

But the OM captain also refused to give his opinion on the replacement of the leader by Pablo Longoria. No better luck with Boubacar Kamara and Valentin Rongier. The middle passed by Nantes contenting himself to quickly evacuate the questions: “No no nothing at all. Good end of the day.”

Not surprisingly reactions from a group whose priority remains to string together a fourth Ligue 1 meeting without losing. Before expressing themselves on the organizational chart changes, the Marseillais especially want to get closer to European places. To believe it, you have to beat Lyon and thus give a warm welcome to Jorge Sampaoli.


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