“HAS every time we have had a coach above the club, we have performed well.” Julien Fournier is confident on June 29, 2021 during the press conference presenting Christophe Galtier. He is the coach OGC Nice needs. Obvious when you attract the champion coach of France.
A year later, almost to the day, the love story will end badly. Galtier will leave the Coast in indifference, or almost. He offended the Ineos director of football, disappointed the supporters and upset locker room executives and other employees. A story of personality more than skills.
“A 4-4-2 tuned like clockwork
The first few weeks are seductive. The Marseillais plague internally about a transfer window that drags a little too much for his taste, but he launches the site on the ground. He draws lines, hammers his instructions.
“With exercises exclusively modeled on this scheme, his sessions are regulated like music paper for the 4-4-2 “, observes his staff. Other members of the club consider that Calvin Stengs does not have the profile of the side player desired by Galtier, the coach is pushing hard to recruit him. The Dutchman slowly disappears from the radar from the 10th day, but Gouiri and Delort are boiling.
Nice defends well, often wins in character and finds itself runner-up to PSG at the break. The coach distills his culture of winning but also loses credit with several collaborators. He is criticized for a lack of consideration and a sometimes abusive culture of secrecy around his compositions.
The kids at the training center are forced to draw the curtains during training sessions and Galtier calls for gates and walls to partition off the professional sector.
March, the beginning of the end
A gap is widening, the winter transfer window plunges relations into the abyss. “Marseille takes Bakambu and Kolasinac, we take Brahimi” scolds Thierry Oleksiak, the faithful of ”Galette”. Galtier condemns the youth, the lack of leadership and character in his group.
Fournier, he regrets the reluctance of the Gym at the Vélodrome, on March 20 (2-1). The coach hears the message, lines up four attackers, but comes up against Ramadan which is “practically halve the physical data of the ten players concerned” grants an employee.
Gouiri is lost on the left, Boudaoui hardly plays anymore, Lemina and Todibo annoy their coach in behavior but Delort saves the furniture. At least until the Coupe de France final. The bitter failure cracks the locker room a little more between the pro-Galtiers and the others. “He made a big mess of the group,” blows a frame.
The union is also undermined with the leaders when the coach’s entourage vents their frustrations in the media while Galtier dictates his future plan to Dave Brailsford. Fournier no longer wants to work with him, Rivère has decided: it’s time for Christophe Galtier to leave.