RMC SPORT INFO – In cold weather with coach Christophe Galtier, OGC Nice football director Julien Fournier should be fired by management by the end of the week.
As already mentioned for two weeks, relations between Julien Fournier and Christophe Galtier, the coach he recruited, have deteriorated in recent weeks. At the end of the season, INEOS had started an audit to take stock, but also to better prepare for the next season. Last night a meeting was held in Nice, one of the last to close the audit and focus on the next projects. Were present Jean-Pierre Rivère, Bob Ratcliffe, Dave Brailsford or Julien Fournier. The latter left the meeting before everyone else. He is expected to be officially relieved of his position before the end of the week.
An INEOS press release is now expected to reveal the new OGC Nice organizational chart. On holiday not far from the Côte d’Azur, Christophe Galtier will always be present at the resumption on June 27, barring a big surprise. It should be the same for President Jean-Pierre Rivère in good relations with Jim Ratcliffe. On the other hand, the investor’s brother, Bob Ratcliffe, president of INEOS Football, should no longer be part of it.
The regrets of last season
The aim was to finish in Europe and Nice will do so next season after securing a place in the Europa League Conference play-offs. If INEOS knows that the club is making progress and say they are reasonably satisfied with last season, OGC Nice may regret it. For four minutes on the final day of the championship, he was 4th in Ligue 1 and saw himself earn a ticket to the Europa League.
The Gym has been too irregular throughout the season, partially paying for its slump at the end of 2021, a string of three defeats in a row at home without scoring a single goal, a first for the Rouge et Noir since playing at the Allianz Riviera. Peak of disappointment, the final of the Coupe de France lost to Nantes, without actually playing it. And since it is impossible not to mention it, it will be necessary to remember the point that was withdrawn after the incidents against Olympique de Marseille on August 22, still over the throats of the leaders and the coach, without which Nice would next season would have ended from Rennes.
The contours of the labor force
The Nice supporters, who are used to hearing about years of transition since the arrival of INEOS, expect stability. However, this summer could become restless in the transfer window on the Côte d’Azur. INEOS Sport Director Dave Brailsford will play a direct role in decision-making at the club. After spending 55 million euros this season, the envelope could be more substantial in the next transfer window and even a little more for the next, enough to give Nice the means to compete for European places.
As announced by France Bleu Azur, Walter Benitez will be out in a few days, his last year of contract being optional (in case of Champions League qualification). The Franco-Argentine would like to stay but the club have never done anything to extend it and it seems surprising that he is waking up at the last minute to keep him. Up front, Kasper Dolberg has lost his popularity rating. If his coldness were his charm, it tends to annoy these days and the Dane could also experience new horizons this summer. Captain Dante will still be there, while Khephren Thuram, Amine Gouiri and Jean-Clair Todibo must have shore in the transfer market. The future of Justin Kluivert, Jordan Amavi, Alexis-Claude Maurice, Calvin Stengs in Nice is written in dotted lines. It remains unclear until a new sporting director arrives.