Nancy shareholder Paul Conway: “There’s no risk of seeing Nancy disappear.”

On Tuesday morning, L’Est Républicain published an interview with American businessman Paul Conway, a member of Pacific Media Group, who own Ligue 2 club Nancy. The second division side are currently at great risk of relegation into amateur football, occupying last place and 10 points from safety, with 7 games left to play.

On the future of the club in case of relegation:

We didn’t buy the club in December 2020 just to leave at the first sign of difficulty. There is no risk of seeing Nancy disappear. We know what Nancy represents in French football, we came here for the history of the club and the quality of the squad. Selling the club? That’s not the plan at all. That would necessarily take more time than expected in the case of relegation into National 1 but the idea is to get Nancy into Ligue 1 in the long-term. I still hope for survival in Ligue 2 but if we do end up going down, we will provide the means to come back up quickly.

On the reorganisation of the club’s structure:

Will Gauthier Ganaye [the president] still be there next season? Yes, but in a different organisation, which will function in a different way. There is a lot of progress to be made with communication at all levels, internally and externally. There will be relays for Gauthier in Nancy. This is why Max Kothny (a 25-year-old German, former executive director of Turkgucu Munich, a club that filed for bankruptcy in the third division) is joining us. He will be present on a daily basis with Nabil El Yaagoubi, whose role will evolve, and with Vikram Sud (son of the Indian shareholder Krishen Sud). Gauthier Ganaye will take care of recruitment.

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