Tigana resignation refused
By D. Crossan
Jean Tigana will stay on as Bordeaux coach after his offer to resign was refused by club president Jean-Louis Triaud. Tigana felt he was acting as a "brake" on the club's development.
A dramatic Monday afternoon ended with a press conference with Tigana flanked by Triaud and Nicolas de Tavernost, chief executive of M6, the private TV channel who own the club.
Triaud said: "Jean told us he wanted to resign. We refused the offer. We have started a project and an adventure with him. We want to carry it through. He has sole authority over the first-team and we are happy with this denouement."
Former Monaco and Fulham boss Tigana was quizzed as to how he was persuaded to stay with Les Girondins. He said: "I offered to resign because I thought I was a brake and I don't like being a brake. Jean-Louis Triaud and Nicolas de Tavernost proved to me that I wasn't a brake and that we could carry on working together.
Tigana: "Still motivated"
"I'm still motivated to coach Les Girondins, even more so now that I have the total confidence of everybody. I doubted that - although I knew the board had faith in me - and now the doubt has been lifted."
Tigana will carry on working without an assistant after Michel Pavon's decision last week to leave his post as Bordeaux number two. The 2008-2009 champions are tenth in the table and Tigana's situation came to a head after the embarrassing 5-1 reverse at Lorient in Week 24.
De Tavernost met the Bordeaux players on Monday and discussed their disappointing run of form, which started under Laurent Blanc at the beginning of 2010 as the club began the year top of Ligue 1 and ended the season out of the European places.
De Tavernost: Difficulties started under Blanc
"I made the players face up to their responsibilities," said de Tavernost. "Questions over the coach's future were inopportune in my mind because we already went through five difficult months under the old coach. We cannot go on the way we have for the last 13 months. This club has the fourth biggest budget in France. It is not normal that we are in the position we find ourselves in."