Official | Paulo Fonseca appointed manager of Lille

Lille have this evening announced the arrival of Paulo Fonseca as the club’s new manager on a two-year deal, with the former Roma man replacing Jocelyn Gourvennec, who leaves after one year in charge.

The former centre-back arrived in the north of France today to visit the club’s training ground, and is set to oversee his first training session with Les Dogues on Friday.

The 49-year-old’s first job outside of Portugal was a three-year stint with Shakhtar Donetsk, which notably saw his team beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City away in the Champions League. His two seasons in Serie A saw him finish fifth and then seventh with the Giallorossi.

Fonseca, who was back in Kyiv when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began earlier this year, now returns to management after a year out with what is expected to be a two-year contract with the 2020/21 Ligue 1 title winners.

Gourvennec’s time at the club ends after a disappointing title defence, as the team finished in midtable, although he did oversee a Champions League run to the round of 16 – where they lost to Chelsea.

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