Raymond Domenech is back. The former coach of the Blues is indeed the new coach of FC Nantes, in distress for several weeks and only 15e of Ligue 1.
More than ten years after the catastrophic end of his adventure at the head of the Blues, Raymond Domenech is preparing to find a sidelines. The former defender will indeed become the new coach of the FC Nantes, his arrival to put an end to the interim of Patrick Collot who will lead the Canaries one last time, Wednesday, on the occasion of the trip to Lyon.
Patrick Collot had taken over from Christian Gourcuff, thanked on December 8 after the slap received against Strasbourg (0-4). But the results had not improved with two draws at home against Dijon (1-1) and Angers (1-1) as well as a defeat in Reims (3-2). The former midfielder also admitted at a press conference that this fourth match against OL was “Certainly (his) last” and that there was “A great chance that someone will arrive”.
A first since 1993
If it has not yet been formalized, the arrival of Raymond Domenech is now acquired and the Lyonnais will start on the Nantes bench for the derby against the neighbor Rennes, on January 6. This will be his first game at the head of a club since 1993 and his departure from Olympique Lyonnais, at the head of which he had officiated for five seasons (1988-93) after four years in Mulhouse. Since then, Raymond Domenech had successively coached the Hopes, the U20s then the Blues for six seasons (2004-10) culminating in the 2006 World Cup final and the Knysna fiasco.
After a first approach of Waldemar Kita in spring 2019, FC Nantes allows Raymond Domenech to find the light. However, he only signed a six-month lease with an optional second season.