Jorge Sampaoli has dramatically stepped down as Marseille manager and is set to leave the club in the near future, as announced by the club.
The Argentine’s departure comes as a surprise as he led OM to second in league 1 and even qualified them for this year’s Champions league. He’s only being in charge at the helm for 17 months.
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His decision centers on the fact that he feels the club lacks ambition. Jorge Sampaoli felt the club should have kept midfielder Boubacar Kamara, and should have signed both Axel Witsel and Saliba.
A club statement said:
The Argentine coach had taken the reins of the team in a particular context during the 2019/20 season.
Since his first day in Marseille, he has been fully invested in the establishment of a game philosophy and a conquering state of mind corresponding to the values of Olympique de Marseille.
It is therefore with emotion that the club and Jorge Sampaoli announce their joint decision to end their collaboration. OM would like to sincerely and warmly thank the work of Jorge Sampaoli.
After 16 months of collaboration, this work has enabled the club to take a step forward in the construction of its new sporting project and to qualify directly for the UEFA Champions League.
We are satisfied with the progress made and the emotions experienced together, but following a long reflection, the two parties, who are acting in the interest of the Olympique de Marseille project, have agreed to put an end to this stage.