On the Meinau side, radio silence has been decreed. Faithful to his principles, President Marc Keller does not reveal any of his intentions until the file is completely tied up. But in Brittany, some languages are starting to loosen.
An attractive profile
We learned that Julien Stéphan (40 years old), Guy’s son – assistant to Didier Deschamps at the head of the France team – and former Rennes coach, would be very interested in the Strasbourg project. Free since March 1, when he resigned from his post in Brittany, where he was replaced by Bruno Genesio, the forty-something has taken advantage of the last few months to perk up at the end of a mentally exhausting season.
Stéphan has several assets in the eyes of the leaders of Strasbourg in search of a coach inclined to take the club to the next level: he is young, advocates ambitious football and has obtained results – a Coupe de France and a qualification in the Champions League – despite his little experience. Incidentally, he worked in Rennes with Jean-Marc Kuentz, returned to Alsace to become Laurey’s assistant and still under contract to Racing.
Gourvennec et Garde always in the running
However, nothing has been done yet. Which, in football, is to say that anything is largely possible. And the fallback solutions, in particular the one that leads to another Breton, in the person of Jocelyn Gourvennec (49), remain active.
Rémi Garde (ex-OL, Aston Villa and Montreal), finally, is also among the serious contenders. The Olivier Dall’Oglio track (Brest), on the other hand, would have died out. The one who had frequented the Meinau as a player between 1989 and 1992 would be about to commit to Montpellier.
More information to come