interview by Canal PlusThe president of Olympique de Marseille has reconsidered his decision to appoint Igor Theodor as coach following the departure of Jorge Sampaoli. Pablo Longoria said he understood the fans’ initial anger, after the good results in Ligue 1 had subsided.
‘Time for a change’
On July 4, Olympique de Marseille confirmed the arrival of Igor Theodor on the bench, three days after the dramatic departure of Jorge Sampaoli. for the series Canal PlusPablo Longoria justified the choice of Marseille club to go to the Croatian technician who defected from Hellas Verona. “The first thing, his style of play. We watched Verona every weekend. The second, after the first conversation, he said to us: Do you agree with me? Because you have to bear with me. He reminded me of my time at Juventus. It was like looking and taking values in Juventus that were important. To get results, this was the time to change the club’s culture and mentality.
“I can understand the supporters”
Frustrated by the split from the Argentine, fans made no secret of their skepticism from the start, to the point of the 44-year-old coach’s whistle. But the Spanish president found the first suspicions of Orange Vélodrome fans legitimate. “I can understand the supporters. You qualify for the Champions League, the coach is leaving. The coach arrives without a great resume, that’s the truth, but we wanted a coach who doesn’t use OM. We wanted a coach who wants to grow with the project. On the orders of Igor Theodor, the partners of Dimitri Payet took second place in the French league with sixteen points, and tied with Paris Saint-Germain. Olympique Marseille started, on Wednesday, the group stage of the European Champions League, by defeating Tottenham Hotspur (0-2).