In an interview with L’Union on Thursday, Reims President Jean-Pierre Caillot confirmed the very likely departure of David Guion at the end of the season. To replace him, Oscar Garcia, former coach of Saint-Étienne, was contacted.
Twelfth in Ligue 1 and on the way to ensuring once again its maintenance in the elite, Reims should live its last matches under the leadership of David Guion. Interviewed by The Union this Thursday, the Champagne president Jean-Pierre Caillot confirmed the probable departure of the 53-year-old technician, without however making it official.
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“I understand that clubs were interested in him. Without our decision calling into question his work, it is true that it is perhaps time to start a new cycle, to start again on new bases , with new ideas and a different vision “, explains Caillot, regretting that the information was leaked in an article in L’Équipe Tuesday.
Ligue 2 champion in his first season as head coach in Reims, in 2017-2018, Guion guided the Champenois to eighth place for their return to the elite before a fifth qualifying place for the Europa League last year. But the Reims European adventure was cut short with an elimination in the third preliminary round, on penalties against Hungarians Fehérvár FC.
Oscar Garcia on pole to replace him
“He is a coach who will be remembered because he marked the history of the Stade de Reims”, greeted Caillot, who already has a main track to replace him. Contacts have been made with Oscar Garcia, ephemeral coach of AS Saint-Étienne. The Spaniard had spent 13 matches on the Green bench in 2017-2018. He had left the club a few days after the slap received during the derby against Lyon (0-5).
According to its president, Reims was particularly attracted by his profile as a globetrotter coach: “He is a young coach who has a perfect knowledge of international football, having been a player at FC Barcelona, in particular, and having worked in several countries (six in all) “.
Since his time in Saint-Étienne, Oscar Garcia had spent three months on the bench of Olympiakos (January-April 2018) before taking control of Celta Vigo in November 2019, which he led to a painful maintenance in Liga ( 17th). The Spanish club announced their departure last November after a difficult start to the season.