Appointed in December 2018 on the Rennes bench, Julien Stéphan resigned.


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  • Stade Rennais coach Julien Stéphan has just resigned from his post.

  • Under its era, the Breton club will have known its finest hours of glory.

  • He notably brought the Coupe de France back to the Breton capital after 48 years of famine.

He decided to leave a ship in the middle of a storm.

Julien Stéphan is no longer the Stade Rennais coach on Monday.

Unable to stop the very bad series of his team, which won only one victory in 2021, the 40-year-old technician presented his resignation this weekend to his leaders who accepted it.

"The whole club wishes him the best for the rest of his career and thanks him again for his total involvement during all these years", reacted the Breton club in a press release.

Under his era, which began in December 2018 after the dismissal of Sabri Lamouchi, Stade Rennais will indeed have known its finest hours of glory.

Julien Stéphan will remain the coach who brought the Coupe de France to the Breton capital in 2019 after 48 years of famine.

It was under his orders that the Breton club also experienced its crazy European epic the same year, with memorable matches against Betis Sevilla and Arsenal, before discovering the Champions League for the first time in its history this season.

"He made us experience quite crazy emotions as a supporter and we will be eternally grateful for that", assures Quentin, a young supporter of the Rouge et Noir.

“A young, competent and experienced coach”, according to Courbis

In full jubilation after the victory against PSG in the Coupe de France, the people of Rennes had also demanded "a statue or a place in the name of Julien Stéphan".

We were then in full



, a club long mocked by France football for its legendary loss.

Symbol of this renaissance in Rennes, Julien Stéphan was passed for one of the most promising coaches of his generation.

Which he always is according to Rolland Courbis.

"He is a young, competent and experienced coach despite his age," said the RMC consultant, "surprised and disappointed" by this resignation.

During his time on the Rennes bench in 2016, the coach was immediately won over by Guy Stéphan's son, who was then in charge of the reserve team.

“Everyone was saying good things about it.

He was one of the first people I met when I arrived.

I offered him an assistant job.

But he did not want to leave the young people ”, then told us Rolland Courbis.

Camavinga's tribute to its trainer

A trainer at heart, Julien Stéphan thus allowed the emergence of some nuggets of Rennes training such as Ousmane Dembélé or Eduardo Camavinga.

The young French international paid tribute to him on Monday morning.

“Coach, I sincerely thank you for everything because thanks to you I discovered the" adult "world, from N3 to Ligue 1 via the Champions League.

I owe you a lot, you have always put me in the right conditions, thank you for your advice, ”he responded on his Twitter account.

Since the announcement of his resignation, a rain of tributes has been pouring in on social networks, supporters saluting the work of a coach "who brought us the flame, the rigor and the taste for high level" and now “a place in the history of Stade Rennais”.


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