Before the Covid 19 crisis, OM's financial health was already worrying. And faced with this, the chloroquine of the new Marseille pride, Doctor Didier Raoult, can do nothing. Worse, the current health crisis is leading to an economic crisis that is hitting Olympique de Marseille, which is already constrained by the economy. Indeed, in the sight of financial fair play, the Marseille club had to drastically reduce the sail this season.
Financial Fair Play and Covid 19: the noose tightens
So, a few days after the agreement on the reduction in salaries of Ligue 1 players by 50%, obtained by the social dialogue group of the LFP, the president Jacques-Henri Eyraud talk louder. Former Disney, JHE is forced to don the costume of Uncle Scrooge. In his view, the measures of partial unemployment and lower wages will not be enough. For the Marseilles president, it will be necessary to lower wages definitively.
Indeed, the agreement reached with the LFP for player salaries is only a sham, since at the end of the 2019-2020 season (if the championship ends), the clubs will have to pay each player the shortfall on their reduced salary. In other words, this agreement is simply dragging the dust under the carpet, waiting for better days.
According to the team, JHE would have liked these reductions in wages not to be reimbursed at the end of the sports season. The president would even consider drastically and definitively lowering salaries, including those of several executives. Always according to the team, Steve Mandanda and Florian Thauvin might be affected. Telephone meetings are scheduled for this morning at the Commandery. And OM would not be the only French club to consider such cuts: the Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Saint-Etienne also maneuver behind the scenes to save their budget.