As reported by L’Équipe, following the departure of coach Christophe Pélissier, Lorient are expected to promote academy director and youth team coach Régis Le Bris to the senior team as a replacement.
Le Bris, a former defender, started his playing career with Lorient’s Breton rivals Rennes in the early nineties before spells with Laval and in Belgium. The now 46-year-old also coached at Rennes in the lower age groups between 2005 and 2012 before joining Lorient where he has spent most of his decade at the club leading the reserve side.
This would be Le Bris’ first senior team coaching role of any kind as he replaces the experienced Pélissier who kept FCL in Ligue 1 this season but endured a near-disastrous mid-season run of 17 winless league games. Pélissier had, nevertheless, seemed likely to continue as coach last month but was eventually informed he would be sacked yesterday.
Talks are now on with Pélissier over an agreement for a mutual separation which could reportedly cost the club between €3 and €4m. His coaching assistants Jean-Marie Stpehanopoli, Julien Outrebon and Olivier Lagarde are also expected to leave with the outgoing manager, while Le Bris is expected to build his own team, largely from those within the club.