“What do you like about the profiles of Cédric Hountondji and Abdallah Sima?
We are talking about fairly confirmed players, even Cédric in his good times at Clermont and Abdallah in his best year in the Czech Republic (Slavia Prague) and his year in England (on loan at Stoke City). It was disrespectful to him to say that Cedric was a bet. He is an experienced player, he held his defense last year with great respect, he was chosen as one of the best defenders in terms of duels in Europe. Abdallah is a profile of depth, of speed Gérald (Baticle, the coach) like He is complete, able to play multiple offensive positions, with a good heading game.
“The sale? I really don’t care. I’m not here for the Americans, for the English, for the Russians or for the Poles. I’m here for the Angers SCO, to work. »
Will the prospect of four runs at the end of the season change the course of the championship?
It doesn’t change at all. In the beginning, we don’t take players to calculate if we will go down or if we will become champions, we take them because we think they are good. If we attack a season, I want to be champion, I will not look back. After all, I’m not leaving the asylum, I’m not crazy. In any case, when my team enters the field, it is to win matches and to be respected. We need to earn more respect this year, and go as high as possible. Inevitably, for clubs like us who have a lower budget than others, we put you in a cart. We were put on the cart last year, we will be put back on the cart this year. The good thing is that we are used to others. We know what to do and how to do it. I have a strong confidence in my team, my coach and our workers, and I am sure and sure that we will have a very good season.
Nick Sakiewicz, representative of the American investment fund GFC, went to Saumur to watch the match against Saint-Etienne (4-1) on July 23. Since then, has there been any progress in the process of selling the club to Americans?
I really don’t care. I am not here for the Americans, for the English, for the Russians or for the Poles. I am here for SCO in Angers, to work, that we will do the best and also try to be efficient in my work. The rest is not my problem.
What’s left in the transfer window? The coach called for two defensive reinforcements. Are these cases progressing?
We know now that we have a need. It is difficult to make a season with two real professional defenders, Miha (Blazic) and Cédric (Hountondji). Batista (Mendy) can help but we need more support. I’m not used to work in a hurry, I’m not in a hurry. We don’t do anything. The player comes when he comes and when he has been validated by everyone.
You are talking about one defender, against two of the coach…
For now, it will be one. We will not renew the plethoric workforce that is unmanageable after Gérald (baticle) and that annoys us too. The coach must have a proper car that can drive it well. Another one isn’t bad.
On Tuesday, Baticle said that the central defender had been found and that “the loss” came “from the other club”. Do you confirm this because, to hear you, it is not in a hurry…
I did not say that we are not in a hurry, I said that we do not do anything. Time is not pressure, it is more pressure for the coach and that is normal. Make players to make players, I don’t know how. We need a little time and we agreed to wait a little bit and have a player that suits everyone, especially the coach.
“It would be nice if we were just allowed to work a little more peacefully, if we stopped trying to add fuel to the fire all the time. »
But have you placed a player?
We are fixed but not signed. We work, we work.
Is it possible for players to leave?
Every three days, Ounahi, or Bentlaeb, or Sofiane Boufal leave. I think we are very negative around us. No one leaves. We must stop now! It would be nice if we were allowed to work a little more calmly, if we stopped trying to add fuel to the fire all the time with false information. Players don’t leave. The transfer window is over.
Even debt repayment?
I don’t think I was asked about these players. Some, from the beginning, knew very well that they were in the process of leaving and had exit vouchers (Diony, Bobichon, El Melali). There are others who don’t.
“If we can put a little positive in all of this. I have the impression that for six months here, it is terrible. »
Has Paul Bernardoni’s situation changed? You said at the start that Yahia Fofana left to be number 1 and we were surprised to see Bernardoni start for the last match of the preparation against La Spezia (2-2)…
This kind of question, I will not answer it. This is Gerald (Baticle). Now, Paul is among the three goalkeepers in SCO and that is very good.
And what about Sada Thioub? While the club doesn’t seem to trust him, he was used a lot during the preparation…
Sada is now used a little more… If we can put a little positive in everything. I have the impression that during the six months here, it was terrible. It was starting to get heavy. I felt it from what I read and what I saw, it started to annoy me. I’d rather we talk about the positive things at the club, the chance to recruit Sima, Hountondji, Blazic…, than from morning to night hearing things that start to bother me. We died with the DNCG, we died with the Americans, we were cooked sporting. I feel we are still standing. I want us to be a little more fair at work, I don’t have the impression that we are very fair. Maybe it will suit people if we go to Ligue 2, I don’t know. Well, that doesn’t suit me. »