The coaches' waltz began in France.

Before Lille, Lyon, Montpellier or even Bordeaux, Strasbourg was the first to draw.

Four days after having recorded the departure of Thierry Laurey, Racing announced this Friday the arrival of Julien Stéphan.

The former Stade Rennais coach has signed up for three seasons in Alsace.

The Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace and Julien Stéphan have agreed to a three-year contract.


- Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace (@RCSA) May 28, 2021

This is a nice blow for the club chaired by Marc Keller as Guy's son, Didier Deschamps' deputy with the Blues, has the odds.

For his first experience with the pros, in Brittany therefore, he won the Coupe de France (2019) and then sent the Rouge et Noir to the Champions League the following season.

Before experiencing a more complicated 2020-2021 fiscal year, until his departure last March.

For the bench of RC Strasbourg, Julien Stéphan, 40, was in competition with Rémi Garde and Jocelyn Gourvennec, all auditioned by videoconference.

He obviously knew how to seduce his audience, before a visit this Friday morning of the club's infrastructure in La Meinau and then his signature.

In Alsace, he will find at least one known face, that of Jean-Marc Kuentz, one of his former assistants and also ex-right-hand man of… Thierry Laurey.


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