Lucien Favre confirms Nice departure
OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre confirmed that he was leaving the club following Les Aiglons' final day 3-2 loss to Olympique Lyonnais.
The defeat meant Nice finished in eighth, outside of the European reckoning, although Favre's future at the Allianz Riviera had not been dependant on the club's final league placing, with an as yet unconfirmed move to Borussia Dortmund on the horizon for the Swiss coach.
"It's the end of an inconsistent season," said Favre at his post-match press conference. "Unfortunately hopes of European qualification ended. It was my last game in charge of Nice tonight. These were two fantastic years at Nice, on a human and sporting level."
Favre, who steered Nice to third last season, has won plaudits for his attacking style of football and the fact that he seemed to be able to bring the best out of talented yet previously troubled striker Mario Balotelli. He is now expected to take his talents to Dortmund, though he refused to confirm the move.
"I'm leaving Nice, but I can't say more," he said.
Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère also lavished praise on Favre, saying: "During his two seasons with us, Lucien helped Nice grow, with an exceptional track record last year. We thank him for the quality of the work he has done. He's a professional and a man of great quality. We wish him the success he deserves in the new challenge that awaits him."