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By ESPN Staff

Emon should not resign, says Marseille chairman

PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Olympique Marseille chairman Pape Diouf believes coach Albert Emon should remain in charge of the team even though they have had a run of poor results.

The former European champions have lost their last four competitive matches and have dropped from second to sixth in the Ligue 1 standings. They are 11 points behind runaway leaders Olympique Lyon.

'It is Albert Emon who guided the team to the top of the standings and I don't see why he should resign even if, to be honest, I have to add that no coach is appointed for life,' Diouf told French sports daily L'Equipe.

Marseille are going through hard times, not only on the pitch. One of their fans faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting throwing a firebomb that injured a fireman during a Ligue 1 match at Nice late last month. The club faces disciplinary sanctions.

'Although we do feel morally responsible... we hope that our helplessness in this matter will be recognised,' said Diouf, who has visited the fireman in hospital.