Rothen sets fire to OM and pushes Sampaoli to clash

Jorge Sampaoli would have threatened to leave his coaching position in the event of a bad summer transfer window. Jérôme Rothen believes that Olympique de Marseille should not play with fire too much with their Argentinian coach.

Even if he is still far from making a Marcelo Bielsa, left at the very beginning of the season in 2015 after disagreements with his leaders about several details on his contract and the transfer window, Jorge Sampaoli still put a little pressure on Pablo Longoria before resuming training. In a week, OM will be back in business, but with a smaller group compared to last season, knowing that Boubacar Kamara has gone free to Aston Villa, while William Saliba and Amine Harit have returned to Arsenal and Schalke 04 In the opposite direction, only Samuel Gigot, recruited last winter from Moscow, will join the Marseille group. Something to worry about Jorge Sampaoli, who expected to have several recruits from the start of the transfer window. But it is not so for the moment, and it is therefore for this reason that the Argentine coach did not hesitate to put his place in play. A threat perfectly understood by Jérôme Rothen.

Sampaoli “is able to slam the door”

“I defend Sampaoli, because he hasn’t said anything this year. He managed to build a team. Last summer, OM had not weakened at all, since there was recruitment when Marseille had to sell. He prevailed. And it brought him luck knowing that OM fought in the top places in the championship until they finished in the Champions League. The goal was realized by Sampaoli. Through this qualification, he wants the team to continue to progress. He wants a stronger group, with more experience. Except that after a few weeks of the transfer window, its workforce has weakened… The recovery is approaching. And since the group is reduced, Sampaoli is unhappy, he puts pressure on Longoria, and that’s normal. He is a coach who puts a lot of energy into his task, he wants to succeed, to win. So you have to give him the keys to the truck, but the leaders have to keep the promises. And today, there are no recruits in Marseille. So it’s worrying. And be careful, if nothing changes, he is able to slam the door and I think he would be absolutely right., swung the RMC consultant, who knows that Longoria will have to redeem himself after having missed Witsel or Cho at the start of the transfer window. But with the green light from the DNCG, the Spanish president now has greater leeway to bring in his priority targets and thus meet the needs of his coach.

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