Marseille seeking new ownership

Marseille owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has revealed her intentions to sell the Ligue 1 club after coming under fire from supporters this season.

The 53-year-old businesswoman inherited Les Phoceens from her late husband, Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away in 2009 following a long battle with leukemia.

The Mediterranean outfit won the French title and three successive Coupe de la Ligue trophies under the ownership of Louis-Dreyfus, but things have gone south since Marcelo Bielsa surprisingly stepped down as head coach just one game into the 2015/16 season.

Louis-Dreyfus gave Bielsa's successor, Michel, the vote of confidence in the wake of the 2-1 defeat to Bastia earlier this month, which extended the team's winless run in the league to eight matches.

That streak now sits at nine after a 0-0 draw against Bordeaux on Sunday, where L'OM fans protested the running of the club by passing portraits of goats around the stadium with the Benny Hill Show theme song playing in the background.

Louis-Dreyfus subsequently announced on Wednesday that she was looking for another investor to take Marseille forward, citing that the world of football had changed.

"Now it's states or specialist companies with virtually-unlimited capital that dominate," she said in a statement.

"I understand the frustration of not seeing OM being able to be competitive at this level and I inform you that I've taken the decision to yield the club to the best investor possible for the long term.

"The price is not my main concern but, on the other hand, the ability of the new shareholder to construct a team that wins at the highest level is essential. I've asked my team of advisors to look after it."

L'OM president Vincent Labrune lauded Louis-Dreyfus for her contribution to the club over the years.

"Since the death of Robert Louis-Dreyfus in 2009, Margarita's investment has been daily and unwavering," a statement from Labrune read.

"No one can realise her involvement. She always fulfilled her commitments. Her main desire today is to give new momentum to the club so that it can become more competitive. It's very good news for everyone who loves OM."

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