Soccer-Marseille coach Sampaoli leaves club

Chile's national team soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli listens during a news conference at the Nacional Stadium in Santiago, Chile, July 3, 2015. Santiago will host the Copa America final soccer match between Chile and Argentina on July 4. REUTERS/Henry Romero

(Reuters) - Olympique de Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli has left the Ligue 1 club by mutual consent, they said on Friday.

Argentine Sampaoli, who took the job in February, 2021, led the team to a second-place finish in Ligue 1 last season and a Champions League qualification place.

French paper L'Equipe reported that Sampaoli was unhappy with the club's transfer activity.

"OM would like to sincerely and warmly thank the work of Jorge Sampaoli," the club said in a statement.

"After 16 months of collaboration, this work has enabled the club to take a step forward in the construction of its new sporting project and to qualify directly for the UEFA Champions League."

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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