French champions Lille flip to Gourvennec as head coach


French champions Lille introduced on Monday the appointment of Jocelyn Gourvennec, former coach of Bordeaux and Guingamp, as their new head coach.

The 49-year-old succeeds Chrisophe Galtier, who left the membership for Good simply two days after securing the Ligue 1 title.

“Lille is delighted with the arrival of Jocelyn Gourvennec,” the membership stated in an announcement.

“Already at work, the brand new Lille coach will be a part of his gamers within the Netherlands tonight (Monday) for a pre-season internship earlier than being introduced to the media on Wednesday.”

This appointment comes as a shock as Gourvennec has not coached a facet since 2019, spending the final two years as a tv pundit.

Thiago Motta, Laurent Blanc, Patrick Vieira and Lucien Favre had all been related with the job whereas Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester Metropolis to the English Premier League title in 2017, was the French media’s favorite for the job.

Gourvennec was a midfielder for Nantes, Marseille and Rennes earlier than turning to teaching.

In his first stint with Guingamp he led them to promition to Ligue 1 and gained the French Cup in 2014, his solely honour to date. After a stint with Bordeaux he returned to Guingamp however relegation in 2019 noticed him take a step again from teaching.

Lille surprised French soccer after they beat cash-rich Paris St-German to the title in Might, ending a three-year league profitable streak for the Qatari-backed Parisians.




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