How was your extension decided?
It was like the process all last week. In the days after the match in Brest (2-4) I was in really bad shape. I had to analyze these 14 matches and especially why we missed this point to get the jump. Next, I wanted to share my …
How was your extension decided?
It was like the process all last week. In the days after the match in Brest (2-4) I was in really bad shape. I had to analyze these 14 matches and especially why we missed this point to get the jump. Then I would share my feelings with Gérard Lopez and Admar Lopes. That was important. I explained to them my analysis, my feelings. Then we took a step back, the club came back to me to tell me they were ready to continue with me. I had already told them that I obviously agreed to extend the adventure because I do not want to stay on a failure at the Girondins. Girondin’s coach must be successful. I also owe a rematch to the entire Bordeaux community. For me, it was important.
You talk about your analysis: what is it?
First, I found out that the standards and performance levels were not high enough that players in the club for three or four seasons were worn out and full of fatigue. Above all, I saw that not everyone looked in the same direction, not because of their value as such, but because of their personal stories. This requirement must be ubiquitous at the club level and find an idea for a new locker room. I also assumed. We know very well that the coach is the first responsible. You have to accept it.
What should you have done differently?
When I arrived, the team had just taken eight goals (5-0 in Reims, 3-2 in Lens). The idea was to reassure her, therefore the 5-3-2 setup very quickly. Against Monaco (1-1), for my first match, I saw the glass half full with this draw, and this small number of collected chances. It was a mistake and this match is a turning point. I should have seen the glass half empty and sent a message to the players to get the win, not just reassure them. If we win, we start the momentum. Then I adapted to the players in place. I could not play four backwards because we were weakened. During the Montpellier battle, everything came back to us like a boomerang. All the individual and collective problems reappeared. They had been going on for a long time and they had not been settled. The boys lost confidence and doubted. We did not score eleven against nine and that increased the defensive problems.
What makes you think you’re the man for the job?
The club has not experienced stability in the low season for almost four years. Continuity is important to me. It will allow us to save time because I can identify the needs to rebuild the workforce. For example, I have already spotted young people from the gym who can ride. I know the locker room, the infrastructure, the local environment. Throughout these 14 matches, this squad lacked complementarity and associations in terms of the principles of the game. In Reims, I experienced a failure after taking the team in three matches, but it was followed by a success with the rise in Ligue 1. I have this determination. There I relied on the gym and I got a lot of kids to play so they could express themselves.
Do you have guarantees in relation to recruitment?
We talked about the workforce and we agreed that it should be renewed for the reasons already mentioned. We’re going to make a pretty significant recruitment, even though it’s going to depend on a lot of factors such as departures and DNCG.
Conversely, do you have guarantees that players can keep?
We agree on the boys I want to see stay: we will build on the axis Ahmedhodzic – Ignatenko – Mara. But it is the technician who speaks (smiles). I am aware of the economic situation. If the club receives impossible to reject offers for boys … I have to accept it and I understand.
And in terms of staff?
I had come alone to adapt very quickly to a new environment because it was up to me to make an effort in the face of this notion of urgency. Now that the workforce will change, I will be able to make some changes in the staff. At least one deputy, I have a few names in mind. But nothing has been decided at the moment.
Do you know if the framework around the players will be tighter next season?
I talked a lot about the requirement. I want it used everywhere. This framework is something that is not negotiable. We’ll have to start from there and with a lot of humility. These are important values given the club’s situation.
You extend until 2023. With an extra year on increase?
I’m here to find success and bring the team back to Ligue 1. If I succeed in my challenge, I will have a year to support it.
Will you be released if the club does not pass DNCG?
This is something I have not considered at all. I have full confidence that my president and management team will find the resources.
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