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Ligue A: “There was an emergency”, why Paris Volley changed coaches

The defeat at leader Chaumont on Tuesday was too much for Fabio Storti. Paris Volley announced this Wednesday that it was parting ways “by mutual agreement” with the Italian coach. At 45, the latter succeeded last summer from the emblematic Dorian Rougeyron, who left for Tourcoing. He was having his first experience as a head coach in Ligue A after years as an assistant in Montpellier. But the transplant did not take. Or didn’t last.

After a “thunderous start to the championship”, according to the club, with two successes – a victory in Narbonne on the first day then against Tours VB in the classico – Paris had a series of defeats. Last weekend, Kellian Paes’ partners even lost (0-3) at home against promoted and relegated Saint Jean d’Illac. They were left with 5 losses and had only collected 3 points out of 21 possible during the last 7 days. This Wednesday, Paris is in 11th position in the Marmara Spikeligue, 2 lengths behind the first relegation place.

“The decision was made before the match against Chaumont,” Yannick Bazin, the general manager of Paris, tells us. After the defeat against Saint Jean d’Illac we understood that the group had given up. There was urgency. »

After betting on youth with Storti, the Parisian leaders have this time decided to bank on experience by recruiting the Franco-Serbian Nikola Matijasevic (70 years old). A well-known French volleyball coach who has worked in Beauvais (2001-2006), Chaumont (2009-2014) and Rennes (2014-2020). He is also the father of agent Georges Matijasevic who was behind the rescue of the capital club in the summer of 2018 by forming a pool of investors. “He did not participate in the discussions, it is a choice of the managers,” the club tells us. “Nikola was free and has an interesting profile,” explains Yannick Bazin. He is an experienced coach who will bring order and standards to the group. This is what we need. »

The “first big challenge arrives very quickly with the reception of Plessis-Robinson in Charpy this Friday at 8 p.m.”, announces the club in the press release. An Ile-de-France derby which promises to be hot and will be broadcast on beIN Sports. “Even if we missed the boat against Illac we have two important matches between now and the end of the year with the receptions of Plessis (9th) and Nice (12th), two matches that we must win,” warns Bazin .

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