Within two hours, the president of the OGC Nice received Nice-Matin and L’Equipe in his offices on the Quai des Etats-Unis. Jean-Pierre Rivère confirmed Lucien Favre in his duties, denied contact with Mauricio Pochettino to take over from the Swiss technician and assured that the future of the club seems promising under the leadership of Ineos.
“When I read in the press that we have negotiated an agreement with Lucien Favre to separate, it is absurd. We will not change coaches after 8 days, it is not a solution sportingly, nor humanly .
Dave (Brailsford) saw him for a long time yesterday, Lucien left the meeting very happy, he was happy to be supported. The rumors are unfounded, Lucien told you: “I know football and I remain confident for the future.” the best possible. People will come and strengthen the staff in some areas, in everything related to the performance in particular. “
“I was shocked when I read that I dated him, it’s nonsense. No one at the club has met, or called, Pochettino or his representatives. This is to disrespect and weaken our coach in place. We will all work together with Lucien to recover as much as we can from the bad start to the season. There is no ultimatum given to him.”
“We are not sitting this season after 8 days. Why are we 13th? Sometimes seasons get off to a bad start, it goes without saying that we will not raise the bar. All together. And let the club recover. We want to recognize the difficulties, we are working to correct them. The transfer window, of course, is late, we have to find the right osmosis. Ineos was there for three years. For me , we are about to lose three years Now , we launched for me the real project that we will do with Ineos. For three years, there is a project that consists of taking young people and developing them . I do not share this project. I think it is a strategic “Today, we have a different vision. We want to have a club structure, which will allow it to grow. Our job is also to find competent people who can help us.
The sports director
“The arrival of a general manager (Fabrice Bocquet) is a first step. A sports director will allow us to have a clear and focused sports policy. We also need to have someone to contact coach and the players. , As well as the whole club. We filled the boxes peacefully and quietly. Is it Leonardo? No. Michael Edwards? He’s not coming. Paul Mitchell? Neither. They know each other and meet with Dave, but it’s not him. You have to be attractive to attract the highest level. The sporting director has to work with the coach who is in place. He’s not going to come and ask for the coach to be fired. Who decides now? Dave , Jim and I. Right now, Dave is leading the dates.”
“Dave will restructure the performance division to improve it, by looking for high-level people who want to join the project. After the audit done, we consider that we are very far from the performance standards “We are lucky with the group and around Ineos Sports who have people with a lot of expertise in this area. We want these people to join us, either regularly or in a consulting way.”
“He was supposed to stay until September 1. He has since returned to London, but now we want to continue working with him. We will see how to integrate him into the organization. We are happy with his state of mind, the way he works. We never asked him to hire a coach. He made the recruitment in an emergency, the president of Crystal Palace left him available to us.”
Dante’s words after Angers
“Our captain knows how much I love him. He’s on the pitch, the players have responsibility in the current situation. If we don’t know what’s going on, I understand the concern. I really like Julien (Fournier ), but this project will not see the light of day without this change.”
“I read comments that were not the same as this woman from Ajaccio. We took the time to find out what happened, then temporarily suspended Arjan to see if his comments led to his dismissal. No complaints were filed, and maybe no insults or threatening words. We can see the pictures, the police are on duty 20 meters from this woman, the proportions taken do not make sense in relation to what happened. It is very difficult. for him, he was touched to the depths of himself. . We will reintegrate him.”
The center of the show
“On the morning of Nice-Cologne, we had a meeting that confirmed the desire of Ineos to develop the OGC Nice. It decided to expand our training center with more land, and to build a very innovative performance center in side. This is the top The cycling team, a small part of F1 and the performance structure of sailing will use these infrastructures in particular. It has given meaning to the project over time and it still shows the means provided by the club. These are the prospects we don’t have for the club, and I weigh my words.”
“Since 1904, apart from the presidency of Loeuillet (1969 to 81) when Nice had the second largest budget in France, the future of OGC Nice has rarely been exciting and interesting. it will be a successful and innovative club . It’s hard work, the results will follow.”