Lille, Lyon, Strasbourg, Montpellier, even Nantes and Brest… Many Ligue 1 clubs will change coaches in the offseason, between end of cycle or amicable divorce. A revolution underway which could profoundly change the landscape of the French championship.
This summer, more than any other, the game of musical chairs should be the favorite of Ligue 1 coaches. Desired or not, this unprecedented wave of departure should profoundly change the landscape of the French championship for the next season and coming years. In total, more than half of the clubs could change coaches in the coming weeks. Overview of a revolution.
They go away
It takes more than the fingers of one hand to count how many coaches are sure to change direction during the offseason. Seven coaches have already registered their wish to leave, or have not been retained by their club. The one whose choice created the most expectation is undoubtedly Christophe galtier, who after a fabulous title snatched with the LOSC, leaves the Mastiffs. His name comes back with insistence to seize the post in Lyon or Nice – Naples no longer seems to be one of the contenders -, where Rudi garcia and Adrian ursea were pushed towards the exit.
He was an institution on his own in the French championship, since after ten years on the bench at Angers, he had become the coach in post for the longest time in L1 and even in the five major European championships. But Stephane Moulin wished to end his long adventure with the SCO, replaced by Gérald Baticle, assistant coach at Lyon since 2011. Present on the Strasbourg bench for five seasons, Thierry laurey came to the end of the contract and is not renewed. The Alsatian club wishing to start a new cycle after having had good years with Laurey (promotion to L1, victory in the Coupe de la Ligue in 2019 and therefore qualification for the second preliminary round of the Europa League). Also at the end of the contract, Michel Der Zakarian and David Guion were not extended by Montpellier and Reims, while the second will be replaced by Oscar Garcia.
They could go
Embarked on an incredible end to the season with Bordeaux, a departure from Jean-Louis Gasset during the summer is far from being excluded. The scapular club is in the process of being redeemed after the withdrawal from King Street, and the many turmoil in Gironde may have left its mark. At 67, the former assistant to Laurent Blanc could wish for a little more stability for the last years of his coaching career. On the Brest side, the departure ofOlivier Dall’Oglio, which enjoys good odds in France, is also in the pipeline. His name is cited to resume the post in Montpellier, but must first be released by the Breton club.
The future ofAntoine Kombouare in Nantes he depends on a chopper match: the dam that the Canaries will play Thursday against Toulouse. 18th in L1, Nantes are not yet sure to stay in the top flight, while the Kanak coach had linked his fate to maintaining it at the end of the season. We can also cite Laurent Batlles, Ligue 2 champion with Troyes but who may not be on the ESTAC bench in Ligue 1. He also interests Montpellier.
They will stay
Despite the loss of the league title, Mauricio Pochettino will have at least one additional season to prove himself at PSG, he who still retains the confidence of his president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. But we know, the job of Parisian coach is a risky profession, and the former coach of Tottenham will be expected at the turn next season by his management, who wants trophies. He always impresses more on the side of the Rock: Niko Kovac replaced Monaco in the Champions League, and will continue with the Monegasque club. Arrived a few months ago, Jorge Sampaoli gave some color to OM, which snatched the Europa League and will be truly judged on its contribution next season.
Convincing since his return to the French championship, Bruno Genesio has qualified Rennes for the Europa League Conference in the next season. As Franck Haise in Lens, which narrowly missed Europe by finishing in 7th place. Their place in ensuring continuity is guaranteed, as are those of Frédéric antonetti in Metz and Christophe Pelissier in Lorient. After a season where he was able to bring out some promising young people, Claude Puel should continue its work in Saint-Etienne.