From the Champions project to the return of the Dortmund project, OM back

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Latest Football News – In the columns of France Football, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the president of the OM, detailed the axes of recruitment of OM for this summer. Marseille can no longer afford to attract big names to expensive salaries. JHE wants to bet on youth and its potential gains like a certain Vincent Labrune in his time .

It’s not just love that lasts three years. The OM Champions Project too. Put into orbit in September 2016, the formula that marketed marvelously the ambitions of the new US owner of OM is dead and buried on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. In fact, it has been for much longer but the interview by Jacques-Henri Eyraud to France Football has definitely sealed the change in direction of the Olympian leadership.

How could it be otherwise? For the sixth consecutive season, Marseille will be absent from the Champions League and its model based on the recruitment of experienced players at pharaonic salaries no longer holds. It even weakens a club by widening its deficit. The time has come to turn the page. “There will be change,” promises JHE in the columns of France Football. “We know that we will have to take another direction, to rely more on young people (…) .It was always planned to gradually move towards this to sustain the project economically.”

A choice dictated by necessity

As soon as the Champions Project is buried, here is the return of the project Dortmund so dear to the eyes of Vincent Labrune, the predecessor of Eyraud to the presidency of OM. Remember in the summer of 2014, Marseille launches a vast recruitment campaign around young people with a promising future by betting on a capital gain on resale. That’s how Giannelli Imbula, Florian Thauvin, Mario Lemina and Benjamin Mendy arrive. The following summer, Michy Batshuayi arrives.

A project economically viable (56 million euros of capital gain) but a clear sporting failure (no title, no qualification for the Champions League). But the examples of Monaco (champion in 2017) and Lille (qualified for the C1 this season) blind many Ligue 1 leaders. Those of OM have succumbed to temptation but above all out of necessity. The bend began last summer with transfers from Caleta-Car and Radonjic. But the arrival of Mario Balotelli this winter had led to believe that OM could still sign big shots. This will not be the case this summer. As often when the crates are empty, Eyraud emphasizes training: “We have done a lot of background work for almost three years on the training and we are starting to see the results.”

Reason vs passion

Boubacar Kamara and Maxime Lopez, the two flagships of the center and rare assets of a collective with wages far too high to charm potential buyers, could also set sail this summer. Still, the project is high risk. He led Monaco and Lille to the doors of relegation, the ASM is still not saved this season. And it is not certain that the volcanic environment Marseille is the best able to grow young shoots in the peaceful and serene context they need. This reversal of position acts especially the failure of an ambitious policy and puts the cursor on financial objectives: it is time to bail out the coffers and mop up the failures of three badly negotiated years. Place now to the reason. Good luck to the leaders who must know that Marseille has always preferred passion.