Fernandez chooses Nancy
2010 Ligue 1 Coach of the Year Jean Fernandez has agreed to join Nancy after five seasons with Auxerre.
The following statement appeared on Nancy's official website late on Sunday evening:
Aprroached by several clubs, Jean Fernandez has chosen AS Nancy-Lorraine. This is excellent news for the club that made Fernandez its priority to succeed Pablo Correa. After a professional playing career that led him to Béziers, Marseille, Bordeaux and Cannes, Jean Fernandez's first job in coaching was the AS Cannes youth academy. A year later, he took over the reins of the Cannes first team and handed Zinedine Zidane his first Ligue 1 start. His coaching career then took him to Nice, Marseille, Riyadh, Lille, Sousse, Sochaux, Metz, back to Marseille and Auxerre. In Burgundy since 2006, Fernandez and Auxerre finished in the top half of the table four times out of five and finished third in 2010.
Fernandez told L'Equipe: "I give a lot of importance to certain values, humanity, and my talks with Nancy president Jacques Rousselot were major factors in my decision. I immediately felt that Nancy was the right choice for me. Nancy are an ambitious club and [former coach] Pablo Correa has laid excellent foundations. The club has an excellent youth academy and the Stade Marcel-Picot will soon be renovated to 32,000-seats for Euro 2016. The sporting project is very exciting."