Marcel Constant, OM during the war
All the presidents of Olympique de Marseille succeed one another and are unanimous in saying that OM is a club apart from the rest. But there are also presidents that are special. Presidents who mark the club with strong character, successes, failures, and guidance. Some more than others. This is the case of Marcel Constant.
Born in Vitrolles on 10 March, 1896, Marcel Constant was named president of the Olympique de Marseille in October 1938. He then succeeded Henri Raynaud at the head of the Provencal club. Constant faced the heavy task of leading the OM during the war years.
A COMMITTED AND DEDICATED PRESIDENT
But OM did pretty well under his presidency. The Olympiens were defeated in the final of the Coupe de France in May 1940 against the Racing Club de Paris (2-1) but three years later bring back a sixth Coupe de France by winning against Bordeaux in May 1943. Under the first chairmanship of Marcel Constant, the Phoceans finish first in the South zone in 1941 and are therefore Champions of France in the non-occupied zone.
Constant is then ousted in 1945 and Louis-Bernard Dancausse takes his place. But Constant returned to his post from 1951 to 1954. Under his second presidency, OM lost a final of the Coupe de France against Nice on 23 May, 1954. Marcel Constant had a particular dispute with Robin during this meeting. Robin wanted to introduce the players to the President of the Republic, Rene Coty, during this final. He decided then to resign and in 1954, Louis Aillaud takes his place at the head of Olympique de Marseille.