Friday, December 2, 2022

Marseille settles on Jorge Sampaoli as the new head coach.

Marseille Football Club has confirmed the appointment of former Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli as its new boss to replace Andre Villas-Boaz in boardroom changes that also saw league 1 club replace also the president.

The Argentine had made a resignation from Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro and will be returning to Europe for the first time since 2017 when he parted way with the Sevilla Football Club.

In a statement published on Friday, The Marseille football club owner Frank McCourt announced these new changes. He promoted Pablo Longoria as the new director of football who will act as the new president of Olympique Marseille management board.

Speaking after the appointment, Jorge Sampaoli told the Mersaile official website how he had been told how life in the Olympic Marseille is full of passion mentioning how the Orange Velodrome lights up whenever the team goes to the stadium.

When the Argentine received the proposal, he dreamt of partying in the city. He said cities like Marseille is one of which he would accept without hesitation. He said he is ready to take over a club that has a soul like Marseille.

Sampaoli has achieved success during his several nomadic coaching careers. He has had coaching spells in Peru, Chile and Ecuador with breakthrough success where he won three league titles and a prestigious Copa Sudamerica trophy when he coached Universidad de Chile.

With this impressive record, he was appointed as the head coach of the Chile National Team in 2012 where he replaced Claudio Borghi and guided them to their first-ever Copa American title in 2015. He also managed to qualify his team into the 2014 world cup in brazil.

Sevilla hired him during the season of 2016/2017 before he left to take the Argentina National Team coaching role. He however failed to achieve and go by high expectations as his team was bundled out by France in the last 16. He took over Santos in brazil where his team finished second in 2019, the managed to lead Atletico Mineiro to finish third in the following year.