Asked Saturday by Canal +, the new president of OM, Pablo Longoria, ex-recruiter for several European clubs, told how he probes a player before recruiting him.
If this is not a traditional job interview, it is still better not to miss it when you meet Pablo Longoria. Despite his young age, 34, the new president of Olympique de Marseillais has a solid background in terms of recruitment. From Huelva to Valencia via Atalanta, Sassuolo and even Juventus, the Spaniard has always held positions related to the transfer window. Responsibilities that led him to the post of sports director of OM before being promoted to president after the departure of Jacques-Henry Eyraud.
Pablo Longoria is therefore used to being in contact with the players. Especially from those they covet. To avoid unpleasant surprises or even downright bad picks, he puts all the assets on his side, going so far as to “spy” on his targets to find out how they behave also off the field. “I try to have a lot of information on the players, he confirms at the microphone of Canal + on the eve of OM-Dijon, the closing match of the 31st day of Ligue 1. It is practically compulsory, to have dinner with them , know the character, ask difficult questions… “
He carried Diakhaby on his weight
e recruiting them, Pablo Longoria, he takes the opposite view. He cites as an example the former defender of OL, Mouctar Diakhaby, recruited by Valencia in 2018 when he held the position of sports director. “I went to Lyon to meet him. I told him: ‘you’re heavy’,” said the Olympian boss, bursting into laughter. This is the first question I asked him before saying: ‘You are the best in the world!’ For Longoria, the idea is to put its possible recruits in difficulty. “I tell them: ‘if you don’t want to work, to have respect, to put yourself in the conditions of having challenges every day…’, I tell them:” do not come because you are going to suffer. “