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Under-fire Michel to stay at Marseille

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 6 Apr 2016

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Under-fire Marseille head coach Michel will stay in charge until the end of the season, the club’s owner has stated.

The 2010 Ligue 1 champions suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bastia at the weekend which leaves them just six points above the relegation zone with six matches to play.

Owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus held a crisis meeting with president Vincent Labrune to assess the dire situation at the club, which reached a nadir last month when riot police were forced to keep furious fans in check during a 5-2 home defeat to Rennes.

But Louis-Dreyfus confirmed in a statement that the club will stick by Michel for the remainder of the Ligue 1 campaign, as well as the Coupe de France semi-final with Sochaux on April 20.

“The current situation is delicate and represents a big challenge for us,” she said.

“Regarding the short term, I am reassured by the professionalism and willingness of Michel to complete the season successfully, with all his strength and energy.

“I’m convinced that with his qualities as a competitor at the highest level and his great experience, he will allow the players to express themselves fully on the pitch without fear or stress in order to allow them to finish the league honourably and, why not, to win the Coupe de France.

“It’s through being united that we win, during and after matches! This is crucial because, at the same time, work is underway for next season and I understand it matches up to the aspirations of all those who love OM.”

Marseille, who have not won at home in Ligue 1 since September, host Bordeaux on Sunday.

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