After two successful seasons in Brittany, EA Guingamp manager Antoine Kombouaré has been rewarded with a contract extension by his club. The New Caledonian manager’s updated deal runs until 2020, a just development for the hard-working coach.
Kombouaré, now a seasoned Ligue 1 manager, has been at the helm of EAG since May of 2016. His tenure in Guingamp has been largely successful due in part to his ability to get the most out of his players.
The measly €1.4m that Guingamp have spent on transfers over the last three seasons underline a club that has never been gifted with deep pockets nor a tendency to spend. Despite this, Kombouaré has done well to instill a sense of solidity and security, finishing 12th last year and 10th the year before.
When speaking on the extension of his stay in Guingamp, Kombouaré was thrilled. “This decision comes from the work and the results that we’ve earned. When I arrived two years ago, I would have never imagined that the club could progress this quickly and this much,” the manager declared.
Despite failing to secure a single point so far this season, club president Bertrand Desplat was equally pleased with the decision. “For me Antoine (Kombouaré) is the right man for the job, good for both growing and securing,” Desplat announced. The president also later added, “There are clubs in the same situation that are already talking about making changes…At Guingamp it’s the opposite. Certainly, we are disappointed by the actual results but we are going to fight together.”