Bordeaux president Martin preaches patience
Bordeaux president Stéphane Martin, in the job since March, has said he will be looking for steady, sustainable development rather than trying to immediately fight it out with the league's heavyweights.
Martin took over from long-time president Jean-Louis Triaud in March and presided over an excellent end to the season for Jocelyn Gourvennec's side, which climbed to sixth place to claim a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
"It was important to cap our season with a European place," the 46-year-old businessman told L'Equipe. "We're up against stiff competition, but French clubs are making real progress. It's not an easy environment."
Bordeaux's excellent end to season 2016-17 - Les Girondins were outdone in terms of points only by champions Monaco and runners-up PSG in the second half of the season - doubtless got fans hopes up of a fight for the top spots next season, but Martin explained that there will be limits on the club's ambitions - in the short-term, at least.
Emulate the Aiglons
"Obviously we have a smaller budget than PSG, Monaco, OL and OM," he explained. "But we can always aim to emulate the success of OGC Nice, and maybe we can pull it off. We have a young team with a lot of potential, and we can look to recruit cleverly, as Nice have done. But, in the long-term, sporting results are inextricably linked with financial means. We'll look to install ourselves where we finished this season, in fifth or sixth, and consistently win the League of the Not-so-Rich."
The south-western club's first move in preparation for next season has been to sign France reserve 'keeper Benoît Costil from Stade Rennais to replace outgoing glovesman Cédric Carrasso.