LOSC: Christophe Galtier announces departure

Publish on 26/05/2021 at 10:00


LOSC coach Christophe Galtier announced on Tuesday that he has decided to leave the club two days after lifting the Ligue 1 Uber Eats title.

Galtier, whose LOSc side lifted the Ligue 1 Uber Eats title on Sunday, announced in an interview with sports daily L'Equipe that he will leave LOSC effective immediately.

"I simply have the deep conviction that my time here is over," he explained, confirming that he had been approached by OL, OGC Nice and Napoli.

Galtier was at the helm of LOSC since December 2017. At 54, the coach, who won not only the Ligue 1 Uber Eats title but also the UNFP Trophy for Coach of the Season, said he did not want to "fall into a routine", noting that he would have made the same choice even in the absence of the change in club finances that followed the change of ownership during the winter break.

A decision before the end of the week?

"The quality of next season's squad or the economic situation of the club is not related to my departure," he continued. "It is a personal decision. After four seasons, I feel that it is the moment."
The former AS Saint-Etienne coach confirmed that he has been approached by "about five" clubs, including OL, OGC Nice and Napoli, which are the three clubs that interest him. He said he thought he could sign with one of these teams before the end of the week.

"I have not signed with anyone and have not agreed to anything with anyone," he underlined, keen to establish the fact that his decision has not been motivated by external factors. "My firm belief is that my time with LOSC has come to an end."

Nonetheless, OGC Nice have ended the interim reign of Romanian Adrian Ursea and Olympique Lyonnais have confirmed the departure of Rudi Garcia, as have Napoli with Gennaro Gattuso, leaving the way open for Galtier to slot right into a new project as of next season.

Christophe Galtier, who arrived in the North when Lille were 18th at the end of 2017, propelled LOSC to the top of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats podium in three and a half seasons, dethroning PSG and giving the club the fourth French league title in its history. Things weren't so rosy in the Champions League in 2020-21, however, with LOSC failing to progress from the group stage.

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