« Back

Jean-Michel Vandamme poised to return to Lille as Academy Director

La Voix du Nord report that Lille President Olivier Létang has decided to bring back Jean-Michel Vandamme as the club’s academy director, a position that he held for over 20 years from 1993 to 2018.

The 61-year-old has been approached by Létang to return and a deal is expected to be reached shortly.

Vandamme first arrived at the club in 1975 as a player and then became the manager, before becoming Academy Director in 1993.

He is notably responsible for the production of talents including Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

A victim of the Gérard Lopez – Luis Campos revolution, Vandamme wrote the following message on Facebook on the day of the Luxembourg businessman’s ousting:

“I hope that this new management team will give the youth academy back its rightful place. Even if we can understand a 1st team composed of players from different regions and of different nationalities. For me, the youth academy must remain the DNA of the club. To have two, three players from our academy must be a real objective.”

Latest news