The Olympique de Marseille CE did not like an article in La Provence about President Jacques-Henri Eyraud.
Jacques-Henri Eyraud against the Marseillais, season 5, episode 3. The Olympique de Marseille published a press release on Tuesday evening to indicate that its employees had not liked an article from La Provence which said that former employees of the Marseille club themselves did not appreciates certain remarks made by the Marseille club in an interview in early December.
Eyraud had thus indicated that, on his arrival, he found that there were too many “Marseillais” at OM, and “JHE” had notably criticized the old club chain, too anchored in the past according to him. “If he clarified his position later, his speech nevertheless shocked many people in the Marseille city, thus writes La Provence. Pointed out, the former employees of OMTV dismissed in 2017 did not take offense. SMS galore, mails galore, phone calls to our editorial staff. Rarely have the statements of an OM president triggered such an uproar in the Marseille city. “
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To this article from the local daily, OM, via a press release signed by its works council, therefore reacted. “We do not accept that a journalist instrumentalises employees to settle personal accounts with the President of OM, can we read in the text written by the Marseille club. Five years after the arrival of Frank McCourt and Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the club continues to transform and evolve to support changes in society. This sometimes gives rise to deep debate, disagreement and some legitimate tension, but nothing that cannot justify such an article. “
Despite a rather successful start to the season, at least with regard to the League 1, the atmosphere is decidedly tense between OM and Provence. Reindeer, André Villas-Boas had threatened one of the journalists of the regional daily, very influential on the Canebière.