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FEATURE: Manager Movements in Ligue 1: Will there be a summer shakeup?

As another Ligue 1 season quickly nears a conclusion, we take a look at the possible movements that some of the top flight teams’ managers might be making in the summer, club-by-club.

Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco)

A non-mover, by all accounts. Monaco are very pleased after an initial early season blip with the progress that has been made across all competitions and Jardim has managed to implement his style of play in rapid fashion onto his players. A podium finish and Champions League football again next season would simply confirm Jardim’s position.

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Christophe Galtier (AS Saint Étienne)

The summer of 2015 could well be the time for Galtier and ASSE to go their separate ways. Galtier has been heavily linked with positions at Marseille and Newcastle United and has refused to commit to Les Verts beyond the end of the season in recent interviews. Galtier was approached by Newcastle in January but is understood to have told the North England side’s representatives that he would not leave St Étienne until the end of the season at the earliest. A departure is probable, and Les Verts will miss him dearly should he part.


Jocelyn Gourvennec (EA Guingamp)

Has over-achieved consistently with EAG and the general consensus is that he will move on in time for next season. Heavily linked with a move to Lille, Gourvennec could find himself with multiple offers at the end of the season. While not a foregone conclusion, will be sorely missed by a Guingamp side who will lose their key elements this summer. 


Pascal Dupraz (Evian TG FC)

Misunderstood is perhaps the best way of describing Dupraz who continues to show his tactical intelligence when Evian come up against the big sides and cause them problems. Fast becoming Ligue 1’s relegation avoiding specialist, Evian should remain in the French top flight for next season and Dupraz will almost certainly be at the helm once again.


Sylvain Ripoll (FC Lorient)

A side that feels somehow more in danger of relegation than Evian, Ripoll’s future at the club is by no means certain. If FCL do fail to remain in Ligue 1, it is unclear whether or not the axe will fall on Ripoll. Even if they do stay up, they have been largely disappointing this season and President Féry might decide to replace Ripoll anyway. 


Albert Cartier (FC Metz)

The general belief is that Metz will stick by the man who enabled them to earn back to back promotions prior to their disastrous Ligue 1 campaign this season. Cartier signed a new contract at the beginning of the season and even if Metz are all but relegated, he is the perfect man to take them straight back up again. 


Michel der Zakarian (FC Nantes)

It has been a difficult season for Nantes, but they firmly remain a Ligue 1 mid table side. der Zakarian has remarkably kept them competitive despite two seasons under a transfer embargo. Kita father and son know that he deserves the chance to dibble in the transfer market and to try to construct a team with the capabilities of reaching Europe again. Unless there is interest in his services elsewhere, der Zak will remain.


Willy Sagnol (Bordeaux)

His “project” is only just taking shape following his arrival last summer and he has not been successful enough to warrant outside interest. Sagnol has made a good first step considering this is his first full season in club management and he will look to build on that in 2015/2016.


Rene Girard (Lille)

He needs to propel Lille back up the table if he is to stand any chance of still being at the club next season. Was nearly sacked in January when Herve Renard and Eric Gerets were contacted but the board reached a stalemate regarding his future. Football has been utterly boring and Lille are working quietly to replace him. Seydoux is a fan of Girard’s and if he remains in control of the club in the summer then Girard has a chance of holding on.


Rolland Courbis (Montpellier HSC)

He is doing fantastically well and the Nicollin family are quickly falling in love with him. A nice brand of football has seen unassuming Montpellier climb high up into the top ten this season where they will stay until the end of the season. These are happy times over at MHSC.


Claude Puel (OGC Nice)

Puel is flirting a little with a move away and has made several trips to England this calendar year for supposedly innocent holidays, which has seen him linked to the Newcastle job. For Nice, it would be nice if Puel remained, he is starting to form a very young side into a wonderful attacking unit, even if defensively the side remains fragile. Because of Nice’s freefall in 2015, Puel is most likely not going to receive the offers he wants to move on. Plus, three of his sons are currently playing for Nice at various youth levels and on a personal level, all his responsibilities lie on the Côte D’Azur.


Marcelo Bielsa (Marseille)

Well, well. Will he stay or will he go? The latter most likely. Vincent Labrune has privately admitted that the situation remains dire as OM try to persuade Bielsa to stay for another season and extend, with his current deal running out in June. This one all depends on Bielsa, who has received three job offers from national teams this season alone (Japan, Saudi Arabia and one unidentified side). At the moment, there is simply no way of knowing what is going on inside “El Loco’s” head.


Hubert Fournier (Lyon)

What a fantastic first season Fournier is having. Even if Lyon fail to win the title, they can look back on this campaign with enormous pride and enjoy playing Champions League football in their new stadium next season (so they hope). Fournier has played a major role in the club’s success and will continue to do so next season, squad willing.


Laurent Blanc (PSG)

After PSG’s emphatic victory over Chelsea and renewed confidence in Blanc displayed by the club’s major figures, notably Zlatan, in recent weeks, the former France boss is now very likely to remain at the head of the club. PSG tried to convince both Diego Simeone and Arsene Wenger to take over again, but have failed on both accounts. Roberto Mancini remains a possibility with a special PSG-specific buy-out clause of his Inter contract, but all the signs point to Blanc, unless Les Parisiens fail catastrophically on all four fronts that they are currently fighting.


Antoine Kombouaré (RC Lens)

Leaving. Even if they stay up, Kombouaré feels let down by the lack of transfer funds and the failings of owner Hafiz Mammadov. With Lille and St Étienne reportedly interested, Kombouaré’s Lens adventure is over.


Ghislain Printant (SC Bastia)

Having saved the Corsican outfit from the Ligue 1 death that Makélélé nearly caused, Printant, even without his coaching qualifications, has quickly won the hearts of the players, staff and fans. For all parties concerned, while there is no certainty, hopefully Printant’s deal which runs out at the end of the season is extended.


Patrice Garande (SM Caen)

Having recently signed an extension and looking likely to keep Caen up this season, Garande will continue at the head of the club. 


Jean Luc Vasseur (Stade de Reims)

With an ambitious and impatient Chairman in Caillot, Reims boss Vasseur is in more trouble than one might expect him to be considering the squad at his disposal. Even if Reims avoid relegation, his position is very insecure.


Philippe Montanier (Stade Rennais)

Rennes fans might be fed up, but President Rene Ruello is not. Having recently announced his intention to extend Montanier’s contract, despite two seasons of gutless performances, the former Sociedad man will surely remain.


Dominique Arribagé (Toulouse)

Having only just taken over from Casanova, Arribagé was brought in according to President Sadran “to prepare for the future”. Even if TFC are relegated, which remains likely, it seems as if the Toulouse board has decided that Arribagé is the man to bring the club back up.


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