Ligue 1: “The pressure, I like it”, savors Antoine Kombouaré, new Nantes coach

The man of impossible missions is in place. Caricatured in a television program with a military helmet on his head because of his martial and voluntary attitude, Antoine Kombouaré spoke and his functions this Thursday the day after the dismissal of Raymond Domenech from FC Nantes.

Unsurprisingly the former Nantes resident who returns to “his club of heart”, the one who revealed it to the general public as a player, laid down during a press conference well conducted the bases of his mission which he knows the contours. “Pressure, I’ve always had it. She is important and i like it […]. I’m a big boy, I know what I’m doing, ”replied the former Canaries central defender (1983-1990) to those who were worried about the difficulty of the task ahead.

Saint-Antoine, already savior of Dijon in 2018 to whom he had avoided relegation and Valenciennes on several occasions, admitted having accepted the challenge as a “personal revenge” after his failure last season in Toulouse.

The magic and the Kombouaré method had not operated in Haute-Garonne. The TFC was last in Ligue 1 when it arrived and always last when it left, in early January 2020: “I only played ten matches. I was not given time to finish my job […]. Here, I am given the chance to put things right ”.

He outlined during his presentation what will be his method: “The players are at their worst, in great sporting and mental difficulty, you have to be with them, discuss, work”. Before adding: “They know they are bad, if they are there, it is a bit of their fault too. »Those interested will appreciate.

To mark this “new start”, Kombouaré also arrives with two faithful, Yves Bertucci as assistant and Michel Dufour as physical trainer. Patrick Collot and Cyril Moine, the holders of these two functions so far, are on the start.

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After giving his agreement on Wednesday to the Kita family, owners of the Canaries, Antoine Kombouaré signed a contract until the end of the season and an automatic extension of two years only if he remains in the top flight. During the press conference he revealed that he had already turned down the FCNA coaching position twice before accepting on the third approach. He became the 19th coach of FC Nantes under the era of Valdemar Kita. He is also the 4th of the current season.

Alongside the new recruit, Franck Kita, the club’s deputy director and son of Waldermar Kita, took his place. The leader had to recognize the industrial accident that constituted the recruitment of Raymond Domenech, whose record (six weeks, seven matches and no victory) threw the Canaries into the red zone. “The transplant did not take. You have to know how to accept your mistakes, said Franck Kita. We had to react quickly: there are few matches left, but enough to keep going, he said. I think we just need a recovery in hand with a strong coach for things to get better ”.

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