Gourvennec gets vote of confidence
Girondins de Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec has been backed by the club's president as pressure builds in the wake of a run of poor results.
Bordeaux were beaten 3-0 at home by RC Strasbourg Alsace on Friday, a result that left them firmly in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 Conforama table and just two points above the relegation zone. They have won just once in 10 games, picking up five points in that time.
Only bottom club FC Metz have performed worse over the same period, and a large section of the club's most vociferous supporters left the Matmut Atlantique at half-time against Strasbourg. Fans also voiced their displeasure at Gourvennec, but Martin says he is not "the right target".
"The fans were disappointed. But I was a bit surprised that they turned on Jocelyn. There are lots of reasons why we are in this situation. I think it's a but harsh to put it all on the coach," Martin told local newspaper Sud Ouest.
"But it's quite normal that the fans are unhappy. We are on a historically bad run of results. Therefore there is a reaction from the fans. Jocelyn is clearly not the right target but their unhappiness is understandable."
Asked if that meant he maintained full confidence in Gourvennec, he added: "Yes, absolutely."
Fan ire was such on Friday that Martin's predecessor Jean-Louis Triaud went across to calm supporters down at half-time, with Bordeaux trailing 2-0 at that point.
"We are convinced that Jocelyn Gourvennec is doing a good job and we think it is harsh to stigmatise him like that, as if he were the only one at fault," Martin added. "That was a reaction to what we considered an injustice. But the fans are not used to this at Bordeaux. It is a really catastrophic run."
Bordeaux will hope to bounce back when they go to Garonne derby rivals Toulouse FC in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek before finishing the calendar year with games against OGC Nice (away) and Montpellier Hérault SC (home).