Shaken out of bed.
The supporters of Stade Rennais learned this Monday morning of the resignation of Julien Stéphan, accepted by its leaders.
“A personal decision,” explained President Nicolas Holveck.
Who to take over on the bench of the Breton club, 9th in Ligue 1 and in a series of 7 games without a win?
Stéphan's assistant, Philippe Bizeul, will only be there to take over the interim, Holveck has already announced.
And there is already "a mountain of proposals" on his desk.
, two coaches have already been contacted by Stade Rennais: Bruno Genesio and Jocelyn Gourvennec.
Genesio (54) coached Olympique Lyonnais between December 2015 and May 2019. He has been free since the start of 2021 after a year and a half at Beijing Guoan, China.
Gourvennec (48 years old), he went through Guingamp (2010-2016), Bordeaux (2016-2018) then again the EAG, which he left in May 2019 after a relegation to Ligue 2. Since then, he officiates as a consultant on Canal +.
Former Rennes player between 1991 and 1995, Gourvennec has already been approached by the club in the past and played with the current Rennes sports director, Florian Maurice.
But the latter's relationship with Genesio is even stronger: Maurice joined the OL recruiting unit in 2009, then became its manager in 2014 before packing his bags in 2020 for Rennes.
Gourvennec and Genesio hold the rope, but the Breton leaders do not wish to give in to the urgency of a decision, underlines
The foreigner to the revival
By bringing OGC Nice to 3rd place during the 2016-17 season, Lucien Favre allowed the Aiglons to complete the best exercise in their history for 40 years.
He did not have the same success the following season with an 8th place in Ligue 1 and the round of 16 of the Europa League.
At Borussia Dortmund too, the Swiss (63) had ups and downs with a blunt dismissal in December 2020. But his image is not tarnished so far in France, which he therefore left in the summer 2018. His name circulated around Lyon and Marseille.
ensures that Favre is well on the short-list of Rennes managers.
It would be a slight regression after Dortmund, where he played in the knockout stages of the Champions League twice.
But not sure that a more ambitious project in Germany, where promising young coaches are multiplying, will ring his phone.
The former player who makes you dream
Of course, Jocelyn Gourvennec has already played in Rennes, but he did not leave the same memory there as Alexander Frei.
The former Swiss striker (84 caps, 42 goals) finished top scorer in Ligue 1 in 2004-05, ahead of Strasbourg's Mickaël Pagis and Parisian Pedro Miguel Pauleta.
Retired from the field since 2013, Frei has converted to coaching.
He managed the youth teams of FC Basel before being appointed to FC Wil, in the Swiss second division.
In an interview with
Onze Mondial at the
end of January, Frei (41) spoke about his eternal love for Rennes.
What if we offered him the job in Brittany?
"First I have to prove that I am a trainer for Stade Rennais", he tempered, recalling that "Stade Rennais already has a very good trainer".
This is no longer the case since Monday.
Wear, no compensation, forcing of the Rennes bosses ... Behind the scenes of Julien Stéphan's departure