Labrune to quit Marseille role

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has announced he will relinquish his post before the new Ligue 1 season kicks off next month.

Les Phoceens endured a difficult 2015/16 campaign, which started in turbulent fashion when Marcelo Bielsa resigned as manager after the opening round of fixtures.

The Mediterranean outfit struggled to recover from that early setback and finished a disappointing 13th in the final standings, just eight points above the relegation zone.

Bielsa's successor, Michel, oversaw a club record 15-game winless streak at home and was eventually sacked in April after L'OM fans had staged protests during matches at Stade Velodrome.

Marseille owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus then put the club up for sale, and Labrune has revealed his intentions to quit one month before the new campaign gets underway on August 14.

"I won't be there for the resumption," he told La Provence. "I think that if you stop, you really stop. And I really want to stop."