While the greatest vagueness still surrounds the future of the Girondins de Bordeaux after the demotion of the club to National by the DNCG a week ago and pending the appeal in early July before the FFF, the players of David Guion are preparing to return to the Château du Haillan this Thursday. Or more exactly, part of them. The Bordeaux coach and his technical director, Admar Lopes, have decided to call up only 15 players for this recovery according to information from 20 Minutes.
We will find well-known faces (Poussin, Gregersen, Fransergio, Lacoux, Sissokho, Bakwa, Elis and Maja) but also many young players from the reserve team or the U19s (Depussay, Ekomié, Mwanga, Bokele and Vetro). Pirringuel or Louis-Jean should also join the pro group after the Mediterranean Games which they will compete with the French team in the coming days.
Finally, there will be two recruits. An expected since the Polish goalkeeper Rafal Straczek had committed last January with the Navy and White. And another a little less, it is Yoann Barbet. The French defender back in his training club, who had his medical examination and signed his contract ten days ago, will start training with the team without waiting for the final decision of the DNCG (a clause has been included in his contract in the event of an administrative demotion from the club).
Another recovery for the undesirables
Yoann Barbet will not meet several members of the first team from last season for the moment. Although the club does not intend to create a loft as such at this stage, some departing players have been invited to return to training only on… July 4! These are Baysse, Kwateng, Zerkane, Niang, Medioub and Oudin. They will make their comeback during the resumption of internationals like Mexer (who could also be part of these lists of undesirables), Onana, Hwang or Mara.
The situations of Ahmedhodhzic and Ignatenko, two players whose purchase options the club would have liked to exercise by June 30, are on stand-by for the moment. Uncertainty also remains about Ricardo Mangas. The Portuguese defender, loaned last season by Boavista (also owned by Gérard Lopez) and therefore “the purchase option is almost compulsory” according to a member of the club, had been summoned this Thursday for the recovery before no longer finally be…
On the staff side, it also remains a bit vague. Will David Guion show up at the first collective session with a new assistant? With a new physical trainer? Nothing has filtered on this subject. These files may also be on stand-by. According South West, Yaroslav Plasil should in any case leave the staff. Finally, the only two to keep their position would be Grégory Coupet (goalkeeping coach) and André Monteiro (performance manager). The Portuguese, asked to join the staff of the probable future coach of Losc, Paulo Fonseca, has developed an excellent relationship with David Guion. He therefore decided to continue the adventure despite the solicitations.
Finally, Jimmy Briand leaves… (with bitterness)
The truth of the day is not that of the next day, and especially not in football. At 36, Jimmy Briand has just experienced it. Having become Gérard Lopez’s trusted man at the end of the season after the Costil affair, the striker will not ultimately extend the adventure to the Girondins. A little surprise since the management had expressed the wish a few weeks ago to keep him for another season to supervise a rejuvenated team in Ligue 2 (if the club is maintained).
He therefore leaves the Navy and White with “a certain disappointment” even if he “bends to decisions and choices without making waves”. In four seasons in Gironde, Jimmy Briand will have scored 22 goals (including his hundredth in Ligue 1) and delivered 8 assists in 118 games. According to our information, he has not yet planned to retire from sport and hopes to play one last season at the top level. Several Ligue 2 clubs have recently come to the information.