As reported by RMC, returning OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre is becoming frustrated by his club’s transfer dealings this summer with discord rife at the Allianz Riviera.
In a meandering summer for Nice so far, following the slow departure of previous coach Christophe Galtier to PSG and minimal early business, the club’s leadership have sparked Favre’s ire by not making additions in what Favre sees as the priority areas of left-back, on the wings and upfront.
Favre is becoming impatient with just one week left of the window as results continue to underwhelm. Nice have dropped points to promoted Toulouse and at Strasbourg (both 1-1) and lost at relegation favourites Clermont (1-0) already this season, as well as losing the first leg of their Conference League qualification playoff to Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1-0).
With pressure mounting on Favre already, he has disagreed on a variety of issues with former Cardiff City director Iain Moody who the Swiss sees as focusing on his own preferred transfer targets rather than the coach’s. The signing of former Juventus and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a key example, as Favre was against signing the 31-year-old but Moody pushed the deal through regardless. Favre is also against the possible departure of young defender Flavius Daniliuc to Italy with little cover in that area of the squad.
The financial muscle of the INEOS-owned project was a key motivator in Favre’s return to France but he’s now questioning whether the club actually has the financial potential to match his ambitions of a return to Ligue 1’s podium by the end of the season. These issues are compounded by dressing room unrest over Favre’s long training sessions while not all those at the club have agreed with decisions made on the touchline this season so far.