Jorge Sampaoli leaves Marseille amid differences with bosses over spending

Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli left Marseille because of differences with the club's hierarchy after guiding OM back to the UEFA Champions League.

Sampaoli, 62, arrived at the Stade Velodrome in March 2021 and took Marseille to second in Ligue 1 last season.

In May, the colorful former Argentina and Sevilla boss, who led Chile to the 2015 Copa America title, said he needed further funds to make the most of competing in Europe's top tournament. On Friday, Sampaoli said in a post on Instagram that his vision for the future of the club was "different" from that of the directors.

"My rhythm and objectives are not the same as those of the directors of the club," he said. "The last season was incredible. To be coach of this club was a pleasure for me. I was very happy."

Marseille, which is owned by American Frank McCourt, said in a statement the split was by mutual agreement.

"After 16 months of collaboration, this work has allowed the club to take the next step in their new sporting project and qualify directly for the Champions League," the statement said. "We are happy with the path taken and emotions shared but after a lot of consideration, the two parties, who are acting in the interest of Marseille, agreed to bring this relationship to an end."

Marseille has signed Spartak Moscow center back Samuel Gigot and teenager Isaak Toure, ahead of their first appearance in the competition since 2020, when it won just one group game. But players have also left. 

French national team defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara has joined Aston Villa on a free transfer. Defender William Saliba has returned to Arsenal after his loan.

Croatian Igor Tudor, who coaches Hellas Verona, has been tipped to replace Sampaoli.

"We have clear ideas and discussions with candidates," Marseille president Pablo Longoria told reporters on Friday. "We have a candidate in mind, who is our priority. Our objective is to have him by the end of the week," he added.

Marseille starts its new Ligue 1 season on the weekend of Aug. 5-7 at home to Reims.

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2 comments about "Jorge Sampaoli leaves Marseille amid differences with bosses over spending".
  1. R2 Dad, July 3, 2022 at 7:49 p.m.

    After ruining the Dodgers, this guy has decided You know what, after many failed attempts in the sporting world I am no longer going to burn piles of cash while owning teams and the latest hill I'm gonna die on is Lige 1 OM. Sampaoli delivered--the next step for clubs with cash/ambition is to gird their financial loins for a run with the big boys. Insert scampering octopus meme Nope Nope Nope Nope.

  2. jim broshar, July 4, 2022 at 2:26 p.m.

    Echoes: "Bielsa was very clear. The club tried to change some details in the contract he had agreed with them. He could not accept it. His trust towards his bosses had been broken. So he left. It is pretty simple. Marcelo Bielsa might be a bit crazy, but he is loyal, straight and honest. He wants people around him to be the same. Like Marseille have discovered this weekend, he cannot work with people he can't trust."

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