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Troubling times for miserable Marseille

Former manager Michel having a moment of panic prior to his sacking.
Former manager Michel discontent with the form of L'OM. (

Times are looking bleak for this once great club. Troubling times are looming, and miserable Marseille are a shadow of their former selves.

Winless in ten French Ligue 1 games, three clean sheets kept in their previous eighteen league games, second worst home record in the division (16 points from 17 games), and a player they sold in Dimitri Payet last summer playing sensational. Things couldn’t be going much worse in France’s second biggest city. Miserable Marseille is a name that pretty much sums up how things are going, with the recent termination of manager Michel, Franck Passi is the third man to take charge of L’OM this season.

Whenever a team has more than two managers per season then the chances of them doing well are extremely low, therefore the fact that Marseille have just recently hired a third man in one season demonstrates the troubles that miserable Marseille are currently experiencing. Marcelo Biesla, the first man in charge of L’OM this season shockingly departed after a 1-0 loss to Caen in their first league game; the Argentine blamed it on a “Lack of trust” with the clubs management.

Picture of Marseille players supporting each other through this difficult season.

Picture of Marseille players supporting each other through this difficult season.

Perhaps then the writing was on the wall for this once great club, it’s not normal for a manager to leave after just one game. Especially when that manager guided the club to good season prior, a season in which the club could build on with Europa League qualification.

What I find interesting about the whole situation, was the decision to let experienced players like Andre-Pierre Gignac and Andre Ayew go. Two strikers who scored many goals for Marseille (Gignac scored 59 goals in 154 appearances, Ayew scored 44 goals in 160 appearances). With only 44 goals scored in 34 league games this season, surely these two players could have helped miserable Marseille out of their slump?

Regardless of how bad recent times have been, Marseille need to gather some points as they find themselves hovering just above the relegation zone by six points. The nine time French champions are far from safe with just four games to go!

I believe that one win should be enough for miserable Marseille to steer themselves clear of relegation, and this Sunday at home to mid table Nantes should be the one. The home win at odds 1.73 looks pretty solid value as Nantes are safe with nothing to play for.

L’OM have lost what made them great, whether that’s in the boardroom or the players that have been sold, but if they are to get back on track then a plan must be put together starting with the next man to lead them forward.


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