Ligue 2: President Francis Graille resigns, Auxerre begins his revolution

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At 66, Francis Graille has decided to leave his post as president of Auxerre, 6th in Ligue 2. The desire to be closer to his family at retirement age and strained relations with his trainer Jean-Marc Furlan are at the origin of his choice. While other changes could occur, the owner of the AJA James Zhou will take control of the Burgundy club from May 10.

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Francis Graille is no longer president of Auxerre. The boss of the Auxerre club, 6th in Ligue 2 after 36 days, did not want to continue beyond this season for various reasons. He informed owner James Zhou, the owner of AJA, who has decided to take the presidency from May 10. A transition phase will be organized by then. Francis Graille, 66, will remain administrator of the club at Zhou’s request and should retain his place in the proceedings. Club employees were warned by messages in a Whatsapp group on Sunday evening at 11 p.m. The message also formalizes that Zhou will be president.

Tense relations with Furlan

There are many reasons for this departure. We are talking about both a real desire to retire, in particular to be closer to his family. But in recent months, relations have also become strained with Jean-Marc Furlan. The 63-year-old coach is increasingly dividing internally. As indicated by L’Equipe, AJA is preparing for a very turbulent summer with upheavals at all levels for its professional group. The medical part and sports management could be impacted.

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Furlan, Daury and Graille
Furlan, Daury and Graille © ICON Sport

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