Lille: the pike of Létang in Lopez on the situation of Losc

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Olivier Létang, the president of Lille, settled his accounts a little with his predecessor Gérard Lopez, this Wednesday on the sidelines of the presentation of the new coach, Jocelyn Gourvennec.

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Olivier Létang, president of Lille, not only praised the merits of his new coach, Jocelyn Gourvennec, this Wednesday during the presentation of the latter. He also mentioned some related subjects, such as threats of formal notice from Gérard Lopez, his predecessor at the head of Losc, invited to leave in December 2020 when the club was sold to Merlyn Partners SCSp.

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At the end of June, the Spanish-Luxembourgish businessman split a letter of formal notice in which he criticized Létang and the management for being at the origin of the leaks concerning his management of Losc.

Létang denies having been put on notice by Lopez

This Wednesday, Létang assured not to have “been put on notice by Gérard Lopez”. “I am very quiet, he added. In relation to the economic situation, I said that the club was going to be in a state of insolvency in January. I had also said that we would not sell any players in January to have a competitive team. Without that, we would not have been champions of France. We had a favorable opinion from the DNCG. We tell them what we are doing. “

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The management and the debts of the old management had pushed the American investment fund Elliott Management to oust Gérard Lopez last December. Unable to honor the debt borrowed from the Elliot fund, he had to cede control of the northern club, bought by Melvyn Partners last winter. A few months later, the Losc was crowned champion of France. But Létang claims to have inherited a big building site.

Létang is ironic about Lopez’s situation in Bordeaux

“We are living a difficult period, he added on Wednesday. The French clubs have lost equity. The Covid has been there, like the TV rights. We have visibility but it is not extraordinary for clubs. We want to restore an economic balance to the club. There is a change of strategy. The training center is ranked 24th, it has been almost five years since there has been a youngster playing with the pros. Solutions must be found. LOSC is a very beautiful club, it must be taken care of. A president recently said that he had found a club in a somewhat complicated situation (Gérard Lopez in Bordeaux, editor’s note). I think that ‘ the same can be said in Lille. “

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