Football: in Ligue 1, Jocelyn Gourvennec appointed coach of FC Nantes

FC Nantes, 11th in the ranking of the championship of France (Ligue 1), announced Wednesday the appointment of Jocelyn Gourvennec as coach, replacing Pierre Aristouy, whose sidelining had been announced in the morning.

Jocelyn Gourvennec, new coach of Nantes. AFP/Archives

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FC Nantes announces the appointment of Jocelyn Gourvennec (51 years old) as head coach of the professional squad (...). The coach has signed until the end of the 2023-2024 season," "plus an option year," the club said in a statement.

A former playmaker for Lorient, Rennes and Marseille, Gourvennec also wore the yellow and green jersey for three seasons (1995-1998), playing with Nantes in a Champions League semi-final, against the eventual winners, Juventus Turin (0-2, 3-2).

Switched to the bench in 2008, two years after his professional retirement, he cut his teeth at La Roche-sur-Yon, before taking charge of Guingamp, in the National (D3) in 2010.

« Three defeats and a draw »

In six seasons at En-Avant, he had brought the Breton club back to the elite and won a Coupe de France in 2014, before going to the 16th final of the Europa League the following season.

He then coached Bordeaux and Lille, interspersed with a new spell at Guingamp, but with a more contrasting record.

Gourvennec arrives at the heart of an FC Nantes team that has been very inconsistent since the start of the season and has lost three games and drawn one in the league. On Wednesday morning, Nantes announced the dismissal of Pierre Aristouy and his staff, with immediate effect.

Former coach of the U19s and the Nantes reserves, Aristouy, 43, took over the reins of the team with four games to go before the end of last season, saving the club's place in the top flight.

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