all Martigues behind the Sang et Or

all Martigues behind the Sang et Or
all Martigues behind the Sang et Or

After seeing their first opportunity to climb into Ligue 2 disappear with the defeat against Dijon last week (3-2), Grégory Poirier’s men will once again be masters of their destiny this Saturday. They face Nîmes in a Francis-Turcan stadium which is about to break all attendance records.

This 34e and the last act will obviously be that of the revealed truth. Who, from FCM, currently runner-up with 56 points, or from Niort, just one behind, will accompany Red Star in Ligue 2? Until the end, the Martégaux will be able to believe it, because they can also be promoted in the event of a defeat of the Chamois Niortais against Avranches. If they draw and Martigues loses, then the two rivals will find themselves tied on points. The particular goal average will then come into play, and it is in favor of the Provençaux, who have achieved remarkable performances against Niort this season, away (3-1) and at home (1-0).

Let’s hope so, because nothing will be easy for Grégory Poirier’s men this Saturday. Opposite, the Nîmes team has nothing left to play after having ensured its survival against Sochaux, but the Crocodiles seem determined to end their season in style with a 5e consecutive victory.

“The FCM did not lose in Borgo on purpose! »

However, assures the mayor, Gaby Charroux, I have hope in this team, it can achieve what a whole city expects. This club has produced remarkable results for two years. With the season they are having, taking into account the resources they have, it is exceptional. This Saturday, it’s the immediate future that is at stake, the staff, the coach, the players, deserve this rise. »

If the councilor admits to having his favorites in the person of Oualid Ourinel, Aymes or again Karim Tlili, he insists. “ It’s a whole collective with remarkable qualities, which have been showing it for several seasons! » And to also take offense at the rumors. “ No, the FCM did not lose on purpose last year in Borgo! », he thunders. “ You really have to never have played sports to believe for half a second that a team loses on purpose. In a sporting life, at the end of the day, we lose more matches than we win. It is naive to believe that the issue has no impact, no impact on the commitment and performance of the players. This year, I am convinced that they will have the strength.»

In any case, this is what the coach, Grégory Poirier, points out before the meeting. “ We must demonstrate unwavering commitment to making history. Ours, that of the club, of the city. »

A new stadium for Ligue 2

Beyond the pleasure that a rise to Ligue 2 would bring to the whole city, Gaby Charroux recognizes what it would represent from an economic point of view. “ Football has become a major economic driver, even at lower levels. The attractiveness of teams competing in professional championships is boosting many sectors, with significant benefits. »

It should be remembered that FC Martigues has embarked on a professional path since the arrival of American shareholders. The entity now has two different structures. An association which manages the amateur teams, then a company with independent shareholders which manages the pros. “ The City’s assistance was previously 1.2 million euros for the FCM as a whole. From now on, there is a distribution between the association, to which we can give a subsidy, and the company, from whom we can buy sponsorship operations », explains Gaby Charroux, referring to the purchase of places distributed to the population this week, or advertising inserts, for example.

Another part is used to invest in the stadium in order to bring it up to Ligue 2 standards, as voted at the last municipal council. From next week, the work will begin and continue throughout the summer and be completed in 2026.

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