In 32 years of reign at the Olympique Lyonnais, Jean-Michel Aulas had never trusted a foreign coach. Too much Â "Â © risky"but also a matter of Â "Â belief", argued the boss of the OL, before changing his belief of age. For the second time in his history, after the Yugoslavian Vladimir Kovacevic in 1982, a foreign coach â € "the Brazilian Sylvinho â €" will sit on the bench of Les Gones. A Â "mini-revolution Result © Â» for Rhone training, a habit for the big clubs of Ligue 1.
At the start of the new season, which starts Friday, August 9, we find the German Thomas Tuchel in Paris, the Portuguese Leonardo Jardim in Monaco, his compatriot AndrÃ © Villas-Boas freshly arrived in Marseille, and thus the novice Sylvinho in Lyon. Only Lille, surprising second last season, still raises a tricolor flag on his bench, confided to Christophe Galtier.
Define the characteristics
"Are you talking to me about Real Madrid? Oh no, English clubs? AT", ironically Raymond Domenech. President of Unecatef (National Union of coaches and technical executives of football), the coaching union, the former selection of the Blues (from 2004 to 2010) insists: France is housed At the same sign as all the major European leagues. "Fashion is the foreigner. AT" And in comparison to the English Premier League and its eight local coaches (nine counting Northern Ireland's Brendan Rodgers) out of twenty teams, the L1 would even be envied.
He does not prevent. The use of technicians from elsewhere is not necessarily well seen by the representatives of the locals. As much as the French coaches are hardly better off for the export. Apart from Zinedine Zidane, back at Real Madrid, and if we consider that the second English division, where officiates Sabri Lamouchi, in Nottingham Forest, is not quite the elite , the benches of the main European championships are virgins of technicians tricolores. Last February, after the dismissal of Claude Puel by Leicester, for the first time since 1996, no French coach trained in England, Germany, Spain or Italy. Where the Portuguese sector, for example, is exported en masse.
"We do not have a network or a collective identity", Raymond Domenech analysis. The agents of the French coaches do not box in the same category as the heavyweights, able to quickly lose a European club to their colts. And difficult to define the characteristics of a French technician, where "The Spaniards have managed to make the most of the beautiful game, the Italians the tactical science and the Portuguese the image of better sellers, able to advance the pites", says the former coach of the Blues.
An argument that put forward Luis Fernandez in February. "It's not a question of know-how, but of networks. Itâ € ™ s simple, no French coach works with an agent capable of having connections abroad. AT" The recent trajectory of former OL coach Bruno Genesio offers a soft-bitter testimony. Under the leadership of influential agent Pini Zahavi, he almost ended up at the head of Newcastle FC. To finally engage with Beijing Guoan for a six-month stint in the Chinese league.
"Same performance obligations"
Agents of players and coaches of L1, Christophe Hutteau "Regrets some frilosit" presidents when it comes to giving a chance to a young French technician. "In Ligue 2 there are coaches who did not have their chance in Ligue 1 when they proved themselves, we sometimes prefer to try a shot with a coach abroad . AT" If he does not question Â € œThe quality of the registered coaches, their skills or their palmarÃs Â », he wonders about this "Fashion Phenomenon" wanting that "The grass is always greener elsewhere."
A welcome for the less severe that does not fit Christophe Dugarry. "How is it that our first seven teams are now coached by a foreign coach? AT" he was annoyed the 1998 world champion at the end of last season. For the RMC Sport consultant, their palmares speak for them, and "They will have to do the same obligations of results", Unlike some French coaches "Who have never had any results and who have managed to bounce back a dozen times, who have made all L1 clubs".
After Paris, Monaco and Marseille, Lyon crossed the Rubicon this summer. Lille remains, therefore, among the five largest budgets of the championship. Almost a shame, considering the project of the northern club, focused on the international. But after Marcelo Bielsa's scathing failure in 2017, the LOSC found, with Christophe Galtier, a coach capable of straightening a badly shipped ship â € "upon his arrival, the club was was 18e â € "and to lead him the season after until the Champions League. A coach who also knows how to lick his hand at recruitment, an essential component of the "trading" policy of young high-potential players set up in Lille. But all technicians do not bend well thanks to this permanent reconstruction. Â € œThis is in his mind, and thatâ € ™ s his intelligence, stresses Christophe Hutteau. Christophe is deprived of this Franco-French mentality that would like to lock everything, reject everything that comes from the outside, and decide everything. AT"