The Olympique de Marseille announced this Friday the replacement of Jacques-Henri Eyraud by Pablo Longoria as president. Jorge Sampaoli is officially appointed coach. OM : Longoria replaces Eyraud as president, Sampaoli is the new coach ! (official) Eyraud is no longer the president of OM Coup de tonnerre in Marseille this Friday evening ! The Marseilles club announces in a press release a big change in its organisation chart : Jacques-Henri Eyraud is no longer the president of Olympique de Marseille ! Longoria is the new president of OM! In conflict with the Marseilles supporters for several weeks, « JHE » is replaced by… Pablo Longoria, who used to be the « Head of Football » ! This has been the case since last summer, comparable to a sports director. Appreciated for his work in recruitment, the Spaniard will now have to renew the dialogue with angry fans. « This is a new chapter for Olympique de Marseille, and I am personally committed to making it a success, » owner Frank McCourt said in a statement. « I have entrusted Pablo with the presidency of the club. His experience as sports director and talent scout is matched only by his love of the game. His main priority will be to put football back at the heart of OM ». Eyraud is not leaving OM as he will join the club’s supervisory board. Sampaoli, it’s signed Marseille has also made Jorge Sampaoli’s signature as coach official. As expected, the Argentinean technician has committed himself until 2023. « I’ve been told all my life that OM is a passion. That the Orange Velodrome lights up when the team goes to the stadium, » Sampaoli said in a statement. Marseille is a people’s club and I feel myself in this heat. We’re not here to hide: we’re going to play hard ». « When I received this proposal, I dreamed of being able to party in the city. In the world there are quiet places and intense places. It is the latter that I want and I accepted without hesitation. This club has a soul, that’s why we are here. We’re ready, » says the technician who was stationed at Atlético Mineiro. A new chapter begins this Friday at OM.