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French fans rate best Ligue 1 managers

6 years ago

French fans have been asked to rate which is the best manager in France.

Le10Sport asked the French football public which manager is doing the best job this season in Ligue 1.

The voting allows supporters to pick the manager of any club, not just from a selected handful.

Below are the top five choices so far (the figures on the right are last season’s final league position followed by their current one):

30% Marcelo Bielsa (Marseille) 6th/3rd

19% Hubert Fournier (Lyon) 5th/1st

16% Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp) 16th/8th

13% Laurent Blanc (PSG) 1st/2nd

6% Christophe Galtier (St. Etienne) 4th/5th

The top two have seen a big improvement on last season, especially the job Fournier is doing at Remi Garde’s old club Lyon. While Blanc and Galtier are also doing decent jobs arguably.

Newcastle have of course been strongly linked with Christophe Galtier (pictured above), including in recent days, however maybe United are missing a trick with a so far unheralded contender.

Four of the clubs in this top five above are the best supported in France and to an extent the voting will reflect that. However, there is an odd one out.

In third you have Jocelyn Gourvennec at minnows Guingamp, where Sylvain Marveaux is currently on loan.

Outside of France it has largely passed people by but it is a remarkable story with Gourvennec and Guingamp.

Jocelyn Gourvennec was a decent midfielder with the likes of Nantes and Rennes, plus he had a short spell at Marseille, but he never played at senior level for France and maybe this has helped him keep a low profile.

At the age of only 38 he took over at Guingamp in summer 2010, with the club in the third tier of French football.

In his first season they were promoted to Ligue 2, in his second they stabilised in seventh place, before getting promotion to Ligue 1 in his third season.

That’s not the end of the story as last season Gourvennec managed to keep them in Ligue 1 AND with the French Cup, a massive surprise to everybody over the channel.

This season, his fifth at the club, sees the 42 year old in an impressive eighth place in Ligue 1 and still competing in the Europa League, having pulled off an excellent 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the round of 32 first leg.

The question is, should Newcastle be taking a look at this up and coming manager Jocelyn Gourvennec before he is snapped up by one of the major clubs in France?


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