April 13, 2024

Thunderclap at OM!

The announcement came shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday evening. While reaffirming the commitment, confidence and dedication to the club of principal shareholder Frank McCourt, OM has announced an upheaval in its organizational structure: the departure of Javier Ribalta, until now director of soccer, who has voluntarily withdrawn since the famous – and stormy – meeting with…

The announcement came shortly after 8.30pm on Wednesday evening. While reaffirming the commitment, confidence and dedication to the club of principal shareholder Frank McCourt, OM has announced an upheaval in its organizational structure: the departure of Javier Ribalta, until now director of soccer, who has voluntarily withdrawn since the famous – and stormy – meeting with supporters at La Commanderie on September 18.

Chaired by Pablo Longoria and currently made up of four members, the Management Board will continue its mission of in-depth transformation of the club without the contribution of Javier Ribalta, whom Olympique de Marseille would like to thank in particular for his involvement and professionalism throughout his Olympic adventure, states the Marseille-based club, confirming Pedro Iriondo, who will be in charge of strategy and development, and Stéphane Tessier, who will be responsible for five key departments namely operations, business, administration and finance, communications and sports. The latter assignment is provisional, until management has decided on the most suitable profile to replace Javier Ribalta.

Benatia presumed

The many discussions we have had in recent weeks have enabled us to embark on a long process of reflection and projection, which has resulted, among other things, in the evolution of our sporting and administrative organization in the interests of the club and its stakeholders, emphasizes President Pablo Longoria, who also hesitated for a time to leave OM. On the strength of this evolution, and of the unfailing support and involvement of our shareholder, Frank McCourt, we will continue with determination and serenity our work of analysis, consultation, transformation and consolidation of the club at the highest level, in order to live up to the history and ambitions of Olympique de Marseille.e.

At the moment, one profile is clearly emerging to take over from the resigning Spanish manager: that of Mehdi Benatia. The former Moroccan international defender, who trained with OM, had a career with Roma, Bayern and Juve before becoming involved in the world of players’ agents over the last two years. Through this activity, he has been able to develop his international network – a valuable asset in the eyes of Pablo Longoria, who worked alongside Mehdi Benatia during his years in Turin, between 2016 and 2019. Initial reports suggest that the former Atlas Lion is keen to take up the position, which is now officially vacant at Marseille. Discussions are reportedly underway.