Shareholder Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has announced this Wednesday …
It’s official, Olympique Marseille is for sale. The shareholder of the club, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, announced Wednesday.
In a letter to supporters clubs , then in an official statement released two hours later on the Olympique Marsailles site, the businesswoman, owner since the death of her husband Robert Louis-Dreyfus, in July 2009 explains will give the club “the best possible investor for the long term.”
Not about money
“I understand the frustration of not seeing Olympique Marsailles being able to compete at this level, writes the shareholder (…) The price is not my primary concern, for against the capacity of the new shareholder to build a winning team in the highest level is essential. At the moment or the buyer will be selected I will inform the Mayor and fans. ” Jean-Claude Gaudin said in a statement to” take note of the decision “and said he wanted to” accompany “Margarita Louis-Dreyfus in the search for a” strong buyer “.
Je souhaite remercier Margarita Louis-Dreyfus pour l’investissement personnel et financier qu’elle a manifesté depuis sept ans #VenteOM
— Jean-Claude GAUDIN (@jcgaudin) April 13, 2016
Recalling having injected “several million euros” in the club’s turnaround, said she believed that “time patrons are gone.” Robert Louis-Dreyfus’s widow says she “do not blame anyone for our poor results this season, I take the full responsibility,” she writes.
Labrune not know?
Contacted by La Provence , the president Olympian Vincent Labrune, amazed, would have answered the regional daily, he was absolutely not aware. Information corroborated by other sources that affiorment that the press release was written by the circle of relatives of Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, whose club’s lawyer, Igor Levin. The boss, disliked by fans, would have indeed been shorted.
“It is not a surprise, reacted Patrick Kanner, the Minister of Sports, we knew that a discussion was initiated (…) I wish good luck to Marseille for new perspectives. “Margarita Louis-Dreyfus yet assured until March, not wanting to give the club but be simply looking to” investors “to bail out. However, the shareholder had approached at the same timethe investment bank Rothschild, responsible, inter alia, to identify purchasers.
The euphoric supporters
A agony while OM dips ranking for several weeks, fans seem unpolluted up with the news, “the best in a long time,” says one, when other already want ” break [their] piggy bank “to become the next owner of Olympique Marsailles.
— wardell (@Luucasvrs) April 13, 2016
Because this is the next question that will stir Marseille. New patron? State of Qatar competitor? Billionaire opportunist? The road to paris are open, with four rounds remaining the championship.