Social networks have been particularly agitated in recent weeks with regard to OM. Rachid Zeroual, historic leader of the Winners supporters group, responded to internet users who asked for the departure of Frank McCourt.
Frustrated by rumors of the sale of OM in recent months, some supporters are struggling to be satisfied with the names of summer recruits. To the point that several movements have been initiated on social networks in recent days. The first was related to the possible recruitment of Cristiano Ronaldo. Some fans created a hashtag on Twitter, #RonaldOM, aimed at giving ideas to leaders. The movement has made noise, although the Portuguese has a priori no chance of setting foot in Provence. His gross salary estimated at 31 million euros is absolutely not compatible with the Marseille budget. As it is not with that of all French clubs except PSG.
The anger of some then turned to Frank McCourt. On social networks, some fans have accused the American of lacking ambition, although he wrote off a debt of 60 million euros a few weeks ago and reinjected 20 million euros (blocked on an account, information The Team). This movement, associated with the hashtag #McCourtOut was not to the liking of all the fans, especially as some supporters attacked the sponsors. Rachid Zeroual, the leader of the Winners, answered them in particular, in the columns of The Marseillaise.
“Social media is not real life”
“Yes there are days without, we are still hoping. Social media is not real life. Who are these couch potatoes? Most don’t even go to the stadium. (…) If there is someone responsible for this broken momentum, it is Sampaoli. Last year, we could have won something, we didn’t and in addition he breaks behind… If we have to go to the coal, it is not them that we will find in court. If they want to boycott OM, let them get out!”, launched the ultra leader on a daily basis. And to continue by defending Frank McCourt: “He was taken for a walk by Eyraud and Garcia, it’s normal that he wants to sell [des joueurs] a little ! I take it as a call for help, help me and I will help you… You have to let Longoria work.”
Taking into account the call options he had to exercise, OM are still in the 11e position of the clubs having invested the most, this transfer window, with a negative balance of 60.9 million euros. The Marseille club is just behind Manchester United (-62.9 million euros), Tottenham (-63.7 million euros) and Newcastle (-66 million euros). This summer, the Marseille club notably recorded the reinforcements of Isaak Touré (ex-Le Havre), Jonathan Clauss (ex-Lens), Chancel Mbemba (ex-Porto) Luis Suarez (ex-Grenade) and Samuel Gigot (ex- Spartak). Possibly deceived by certain rumors of the sale of the Olympian club to extremely wealthy investment funds, some of the supporters expected better. But would OM have the means, even with a new owner?
As a reminder, OM have so far only played friendly matches against Marignane Gignac (4-1), Norwich (0-3) and Middlesbrough (0-2). As for the other clubs, it seems premature to get an idea of the level he will be able to reach in the coming months…
While the club owner no longer wants to put money into transfers as long as there are no sales, OM followers are split between those who demand his departure and those who call for reason. #TeamOM #OM #League 1 #MercatOM https://t.co/mr9NeMx3Z2
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