Gérard Lopez officially became the new owner of the Girondins de Bordeaux this Friday. The Spanish-Luxembourgish businessman has provided financial guarantees to save the club from relegation and will now have to rebuild.
“The club is saved”: it is with these words that Gérard Lopez announced the result of Bordeaux’s passage in front of the DNCG on July 12. The leader then succeeded in convincing the financial policeman of French football to keep Bordeaux in Ligue 1. This Friday, it was the commercial court which validated the acquisition of the Girondins by Lopez. After an eventful end of the season and the announcement of the withdrawal from King Street, the Bordeaux club has its new owner.
With an agreement with King Street and its main creditor Fortress, the Spanish-Luxembourg businessman will launch his new sports project in Gironde. After avoiding relegation to Ligue 2 and successfully passing the exam before the DNCG, Gérard Lopez can savor the conclusion of this file. He will speak from 5.30 p.m.
Bordeaux joins the Lopez galaxy
Former president of LOSC from January 2017 to December 2020, Gérard Lopez has a great experience in football. After having finalized the contractual elements and the documentation, the new strong man of the club with the scapular will be able to set up in Bordeaux the methods which made its success in Lille with in particular a great place given to the trading of players.
Already owner of the Boavista (Portuguese D1) and Mouscron (Belgian D2) teams, the former leader of the Mastiffs also has the ambition to multiply the income for the Girondins with in particular a possible buyout of the Matmut-Atlantique stadium in the short or medium term.
Lopez already very active
Present in the locker room on the sidelines of the friendly match won against Caen last Sunday (2-1), Gérard Lopez hopes to instill a real thirst for victory within the professional group. Only twelfth in Ligue 1 in 2020-2021 after having fought for a long time for maintenance, Bordeaux must aim much better. Offensive even before taking official office, the new Girondins boss will now be active in shaping a team up to its ambitions.
A sporting revolution that Admar Lopes, appointed technical director, should embody. Former right-hand man of Luis Campos, the 37-year-old Portuguese was part of Scoutly Limited, the company created by Gérard Lopez and will be responsible for finding the talents capable of strengthening the team. Sporting changes are also likely to intervene on the bench of the first team with a potential departure of Jean-Louis Gasset.
Bordeaux in search of a trainer
Craftsman of maintenance, the Bordeaux coach seems to be heading towards the exit. One year from the end of his contract, Laurent Blanc’s former assistant could thus leave the reins of the first team to a new coach even before the first day of L1, and a match against Clermont on Sunday August 8 (3 p.m. ). According to the newspaper L’Equipe, four technicians would constitute Gérard Lopez’s short-list.
Free since his departure from Reims, David Guion is one of them. Just like Lucien Favre, a time announced in Lille this summer, or Vladimir Petkovic, coach of Switzerland during Euro 2021. Another track leads to Lusitanien Joao Sacramento, assistant to José Mourinho at AS Rome, and who has already worked with Gerard Lopez on the Lille side. A little over two weeks before the resumption of Ligue 1, the new owner of Bordeaux will have to whip to be ready.