According to RMC Sports, Foot Mercato, and other French media sources, Nice coach Lucien Favre is about to sack, and former Paris Saint-Germain coach Pochettino is expected to replace him.
Nice spent a lot of money on signings this summer, but the team’s start was not as good as expected– after 8 rounds, Nice has only won two games and scored 8 points, and currently ranks 13th in the standings. There are various indications that James Ratcliffe, the holder of Nice and the former richest man in the United Kingdom, is deeply dissatisfied with the team’s record, and he intends to change the coach to change the team’s status quo.
RMC Sports and Foot Mercato understand that Ratcliffe is not the only one interested in parting ways, and Favre is happy to see it happen. There are two reasons:
Transfer work is not going well
According to RMC Sports, Favre is very dissatisfied with Nice’s transfer work this summer: after former coach Galtier joined Paris Saint-Germain, Favre’s preferred football director Julian Fournier was sacked by Ineos Group Sporting director Dave Brailsford was excluded, and his role was taken over by external adviser Ian Moody.
Favre lost control of the transfer completely due to the Brailsford arrangement, and many players (such as Ross Barkley) joined Nice without the consent of their coaches or external advisers.
The authority of the coach is weakened
RMC Sports pointed out that Favre “feels bad” with certain players, including Nice’s new summer signing of Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel. It is reported that Schmeichel had instructed his entourage to call Ratcliffe and asked Favre to let the Danes start on the first match day.
Schmeichel’s behavior frustrated Favre because he prefers to choose the team’s original first goalkeeper Marcin Bulka into the starting lineup, and Schmeichel’s physical condition has not yet met the requirements of the game.
According to Foot Mercato, Nice has approached Pochettino and talks are proceeding extremely quickly. For more than two months, the name of the Argentine was once linked to Sevilla and Chelsea. As a result, Lopetegui has remained in the coaching position so far, and Chelsea finally appointed Porter as the new coach.