Gillot announces Bordeaux departure
Francis Gillot revealed after Saturday's 1-1 draw against Olympique de Marseille that he would be leaving his post as coach of Girondins de Bordeaux at the end of the current campaign.
"Together with my staff we have done the maximum. We have worked well. We have not had the breaks this year but we can be proud of what we have done," said Gillot after Les Girondins came from behind thanks to a Cheick Diabaté goal to hold OM at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
The 53-year-old still has a year remaining on his contract, but he has seen former Bordeaux star Zinedine Zidane linked with a return to the club in recent weeks and clearly stated that the time had come to move on.
"I hope that next year will be better, obviously. We are happy to be leaving on good terms with the supporters, the board and everyone at the club. Things have gone well over the last three years and we are going on good terms," added Gillot, who moved to Bordeaux from Sochaux in 2011.
"Today people are talking about Zidane, someone who is known across the world. That shows that my post was important. I was proud to have it for three years. I hope now that Bordeaux can have a different dynamic and I wish the next coach every success. I think that three years is a good length of time."
With one game still to come away to Monaco, Bordeaux are almost certain to finish in seventh place. Gillot took the team to fifth place and European qualification in his first season, in 2011-12. In the following campaign, Les Girondins finished seventh but reached the round of 16 in the Europa League and won the Coupe de France after a thrilling 3-2 final victory against Evian-Thonon-Gaillard. This season has been rather more difficult, though, with Gillot's side struggling in cup competitions and left playing catch-up in Ligue 1 after a poor start.