Olympique de Marseille have parted ways with head coach Marcelino, the Ligue 1 side said on Wednesday amid an ongoing feud with supporters.
On Tuesday, Marseille hit out at their fans' representatives after they allegedly threatened the club's management and pressured them to resign during a meeting held on Monday, Sept. 18.
Marseille death threats to president and manager
: Marseille president Pablo Longoria will offer his resignation after receiving death threats by OM ultras. ❌His coach, Marcelino, will also leave the club in solidarity with the man who hired him.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) September 19, 2023
Marcelino leaves Olympique Marseille as he’s gonna part ways with the club with immediate effect. #OMIt’s over after three wins, three draws and one defeat — UCL playoff lost.
Pancho Abardonado will be the interim coach. pic.twitter.com/YpJ18aMboW
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 20, 2023
Communiqué officiel de l'Olympique de Marseille— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) September 20, 2023
"... Olympique de Marseille considers that the events of Sept. 18 do not allow Marcelino and his technical staff to carry out the role for which they were hired in good conditions," Marseille said in a statement.
"As a consequence of this deplorable situation, Marcelino and his staff will not continue their mission at Olympique de Marseille.
"In view of this situation, the entire club is extremely disappointed to have to deal with the departure of a coach and technical staff, who only arrived in Marseille on June 23 and were fully committed to the club, for non-sporting reasons."
Former Valencia and Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino joined Marseille in June, replacing Igor Tudor.
Marseille are fourth in Ligue 1 after two wins and three draws but failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, as they were knocked out in the third qualifying round by Panathinaikos.
The French side next face Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League on Thursday, before travelling to take on Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)