In great difficulty, OGC Nice continues to support his coach Lucien Favre. The Swiss calmed down during a meeting with his superiors. But in reality, the Gymnasium is still looking for his successor and thinks of the Portuguese André Villas-Boas.
Only 13th in Ligue 1 after eight days, OGC Nice He has already reduced his chances of getting on the podium at the end of the season. The Riviera club, 11 points behind Lorient in third place, has become aware of the urgency of its situation. Which probably explains the idea of such a quick manager change. The regional newspaper Nice-Matin announced Lucien Favre on the bench last Monday. And very quickly, the name of Mauricio Pochettino circulated.
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Rumors, however, denied by President Jean-Pierre Rivère. ” We are not going to change coach after eight days, it is not a sporting or human solution.the manager replied to L’Equipe. Dave (Brailsford, director of Ineos Sports) saw him for a long time yesterday (Thursday), Lucien left the meeting very happy, he was happy that we supported him. The rumors were unfounded, Lucien tells him: “I know football and I have confidence in the future.” »
Villas-Boas in plan B
As for the announced contacts with the Argentine, ” no one from the club has met or called Pochettino or his representativesJean-Pierre Rivere certificate. It is disrespectful and weakening our coach instead. We will all work together with Lucien to recover as best we can from the poor start to the season. He was not given any ultimatum. “According to Media Foot, Mauricio Pochettino seems to be waiting for a more ambitious club than Nice. Therefore, his disagreement would have led the Gym to give Lucien Favre one last chance.
But still according to the same source, the Nice management is studying an alternative called André Villas-Boas. The Portuguese has remained free of any contract since he left Olympique de Marseille in March 2021. His situation, his knowledge of Ligue 1 and his European experience make him a good candidate for the OGCN. It will be necessary to see if he will be interested in “AVB”, who assured that OM could be his last club.