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Gillot proud to coach Bordeaux

Ligue 1 Conforama > News
07/06/2011

Francis Gillot has admitted he was ready to stay at Sochaux until he received the call from Bordeaux, a challenge too big to turn down.

Gillot took Sochaux an unexpected fifth-place finish at the end of the 2009-10 season and qualification for the Europa League play-off matches in August.

Gillot: 'I could have stayed at Sochaux'

"I could have stayed at Sochaux but Bordeaux wanted me," announced Gillot during his first press conference at Bordeaux's Château du Haillan. "I was very proud and I thank them again for coming to get me. I took over Sochaux in January 2008 when they were five or six points from the safety zone. Three years later, we qualified for the Europa League. I think I've achieved the maximum at Sochaux.

"I chose to come to Bordeaux because they're a big club, a popular club with a big potential and a club where I can express myself as a coach to the maximum."

Gillot takes over the reins at Bordeaux after a disappointing season which saw Jean Tigana resign four matches from the end of the term as the 2009 champions ended 25 points adrift of champions Lille in seventh.

Triaud: 'Play good football'

"Our main ambition, our number one objective is to play good football. That's why we've recruited Francis," said Jean-Louis Triaud.

Gillot echoed his president words, however stressed that much will depend on his squad of players:

"If I can, with the players I'll have at my disposal, I'd like to play attacking football, like I did at Lens and Sochaux. To do that you need talented players, players that score goals and players capable of providing the assists. The players are the key to success."

The former Lens boss joins Bordeaux with his assistant coaches from Sochaux, René Lobello and Alain Bénédet.

>> CLUB PROFILE: Bordeaux








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