Gourvennec - LOSC, a story destined to end badly

Gourvennec – LOSC, a story destined to end badly

The Lille club and the Breton coach unsurprisingly recorded their separation on Thursday evening, an amicable termination of contract after a year of turbulent life together. The Portuguese Paulo Fonseca should succeed him quickly.




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Finishing the season in this context was already a “ feat “, Jocelyn Gourvennec had confided in early May in private. His late appointment, on July 5, while the Lille residents were on an internship in the Netherlands, had weakened him from the start of an already inevitably delicate succession in the footsteps of Christophe Galtier, coach crowned with a title of champion of France. The graft never took. Thursday evening, the LOSC recorded, in a brief press release, the departure of its coach, a year before the end of his contract.

The green light given by the DNCG, which took no action against the northern club on Tuesday evening, has, as announced, accelerated the resolution of the situation as the recovery, on July 1, approaches. The now ex-Lillois coach did not wish to speak but he confirmed to France Bleu Nord that the discussions had accelerated on Wednesday evening and explained that he ” had spoken only once to Olivier Létang “, its president, the continuation taking place with his agent and his lawyer. A first meeting had been canceled just after the end of the season, on May 23. ” I live it very well, I gave everything ” he added.

Assistant coach Kevin Plantet, who arrived less than a year ago, is also not retained. With the end of the contract of Jorge Maciel, Gourvennec’s other assistant, who would leave the club, the place is free for Paulo Fonseca who, according to our information, will arrive with a large staff.

The Portuguese coach (49), in love with the beautiful game played by Roma, Shaktar Donetsk and Porto in particular, should commit very quickly for two years. After the resignation of Thibaut Boitel, a new doctor will also supervise the workforce.

Manhandled entry

Taken aback as soon as he arrived by some of the supporters who had dreamed of louder names, Jocelyn Gourvennec knew he was in the hot seat, lucid about his ability to last another season, despite the support displayed by executive players, in a climate all except appeased behind the scenes as in the stands, very critical, led by reassembled and sardonic ultras. The Finisterian also considered this lamentable atmosphere.

If he feels that he deserved more respect, the disappointing tenth place, without European qualification did not work in his favor after a final sprint which he describes himself as ” missed “. The three derbies lost (including one in the Cup) obviously either. Despite a victory in the Champions Trophy against PSG, however quickly eclipsed by a slap against Nice de Galtier at home (0-4, 2nd day), then above all a historic qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, the third defeat against Lens (1-2, April 16, 32nd day), a month after the return match against Chelsea, reignited the smoldering fire.

The technician also had to manage the Hatem Ben Arfa episode. Recruited by President Létang, the former international brought nothing. He even scuttled himself after an altercation with his coach in the locker room after Lille – Bordeaux (April 8), two and a half months after his arrival (337 minutes of play in total, 1 assist). It was not the first collision of the season.

In a season complicated by injuries and departures not really compensated, LOSC ended the season by tinkering, sometimes with only 17 players on the match sheet (Reims), and without Jocelyn Gourvennec being able to put his paw on the game. His successor will start from a blank page or at least in a new cycle, with a very reorganized workforce too.





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