A few months after his resignation from Stade Rennais, Julien Stéphan will make his return to a Ligue 1 bench. The French technician takes the reins of Strasbourg, which formalized his signature until June 2024.
It’s now official, Julien Stéphan will make his comeback on the benches of Ligue 1. After resigning from Stade Rennais last March, the French technician has signed up with Strasbourg until June 2024.
At 40, Julien Stéphan succeeds Thierry Laurey on the Strasbourg bench, he who will leave the club at the end of the season, after five years at RCSA. The 57-year-old coach’s contract was not extended and Strasbourg had started looking for a successor.
Laurey’s departure was expected at the end of a difficult season. After a disastrous start, the Strasbourg residents moved up the slope but missed several opportunities to ensure their maintenance. They had a stressful end to the season with the return of the poorly classified teams and finally accomplished their mission, at the end of the ordeal.
Historic results with Rennes
After his resignation from Stade Rennais, Julien Stéphan had caused a wave of thanks in his direction from supporters on social networks. Although he left the club during a tense season, the young technician had achieved very good results, leading Rennes to a historic first participation in the Champions League.
The state of grace had surely come from the victory of the Coupe de France after a victory against PSG in the final (2-2, 6-5 in the tabs), plunging a people disappointed by three finals lost in a row (Coupe de France 2009 and 2014, Coupe de la Ligue 2013) in sensational jubilation.
In Strasbourg, Julien Stéphan will try to straighten out a team which has seen ups and downs in recent seasons. The former resident of Stade Rennais will hold his first press conference alongside the President of Racing, Marc Keller at La Meinau, this Saturday (2:30 p.m.).