According to Nice-Matin, the leaders of OGC Nice are wondering about Lucien Favre, whose coaching position is in danger after a missed start to the season and some internal tensions.
Lucien Favre ‘s second stint in Nice may not last long. According to Nice-Matin , the coach is in danger after a missed start to the season (only 13th in Ligue 1 with 8 points and already four defeats). The leaders of Nice would wonder about the ability of the Swiss to raise their heads with a group with whom the transplant did not take. Players would feel “lost” on the pitch even if they respect their coach more than they understand him.
After a first adventure still in everyone’s memory (2016-2018) with a third place in 2016-2017, Favre intended to put the Gym back on the podium within two years when he returned to the club last summer. For the moment, it does not work and the very ambitious owners of the club (the Ineos group) would not refrain from deciding his case soon. If he were to act shortly, his departure would cost three million euros in compensation for a coach under contract until 2024.
A transfer window pointed out
Difficulties on the pitch cannot be explained solely by a diffused message to the players. But also because of tensions. Favre did not appreciate the management of the transfer window, the departure of Julien Fournier, former sports director, and the arrival of players he did not want. He is also struggling in the management of goalkeepers with the arrival of a Kasper Schmeichel not in his best shape and challenged by Marcin Bulka. According to L’Equipe, the Danish goalkeeper would confide his feelings more to Dave Brailsford, right arm of owner Jim Ratcliffe, rather than to his staff or his teammates.
The coach would thus feel very isolated despite the unconditional support of his captain, Dante, who stepped up to the plate on Monday to defend him and tackle his leaders. “The coach must leave him aside, said the Brazilian. It’s too easy to target him. When you give him his team 24 hours before the end of the transfer window, you are less credible to ask yourself questions about his qualities. Everything has yet to fall into place.”
“There have been departures from the club that have hurt us, added Dante again In the organization, in the requirement, in the vision of things. And today, we feel it. (…) The club is still looking for a sporting director. Someone to support the manager and that will also relieve him of certain things.” In the meantime, Favre has left to relax in Switzerland for a few days during the international break and will not participate in the visit to the VAR control center with some of his peers on Tuesday.