OGC Nice announced on Monday the departure of coach Christophe Galtier - the favourite to succeed Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain - and the appointment of Lucien Favre as head of the professional team.
Lucien Favre has returned to OGC Nice! The club that placed fifth in Ligue 1 Uber Eats in 2021-22confirmed this Monday the replacement of Christophe Galtier by the Swiss coach who previously managed Les Aiglons between 2016 and 2018.
It was a stint that particularly marked Nice fans as it had notably enabled the club to achieve a third place finish at the end of his first season and, therefore, to participate in the Champions League in the following one. For his return to OGCN, Lucien Favre (64), who has been without a club since leaving Borussia Dortmund in December 2020, will be accompanied by assistant coaches Arjan Peço and Christophe Moulin.
"I am absolutely delighted that Lucien Favre is joining us," OGC Nice owner Jim Ratcliffe told the club's website. "He is an experienced coach who has been successful in the Bundesliga and also here at Nice. He has earned respect and admiration everywhere. His way of developing his teams pleases us and corresponds perfectly to the vision we have at INEOS of the style of play we want for OGC Nice."
'A lot of positive things'
The man who led the beginning of Les Aiglons' pre-season preparations on Monday morning has a big first task: qualifying the club for European competition via the Europa League play-offs, scheduled for August.
"I was introduced to the squad this morning," said the Swiss. "I had watched some OGC Nice matches, some video recordings, as I do for other clubs. There are good players in this club, a good mentality. It was the first training session, it lasted an hour, it's not long, but it was very good. It was very interesting. I saw a lot of positive things."