Angers: Baticle takes the door

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 12:31 p.m.

Gérald Baticle is no longer the coach of Angers, last in Ligue 1. The 53-year-old technician was laid off and replaced by Abdel Bouhazama, coach of the reserve.

After Michel Der Zakarian (Brest), Jean-Marc Furlan (Auxerre), Peter Bosz (OL), Oscar Garcia (Reims), Olivier Dall’Oglio (Montpellier) and Bruno Irlès (Troyes), Gérald Baticle became Thursday morning the seventh Ligue 1 coach to leave since the start of the season. Angers announced in a statement the layoff of the 53-year-old technician, who arrived in May 2021. “The management of Angers SCO notified on Wednesday November 23, 2022 a layoff, as a precaution, to the coach of “Professional team Gérald Baticle. The person concerned was informed of this decision during an interview he had, this Wednesday, November 23, with President Saïd Chabane”, can we read there, while the Angevin club announces that it is Abdel Bouhazama, coach of the reserve and director of the training center, who is in charge of the interim.

An outcome that seemed inevitable for the coach of the bottom of the championship, who has only 8 points, and five behind the first non-relegation player, Brest (16th), and ended this first part of the season with a series of seven straight losses. At the beginning of September, after a major setback on the lawn of Olympique Lyonnais (0-5), President Chabane had however assured that Baticle remained in office “until the end of the season. Gérald is in no way threatened, I do not work like that. He is with me, he will still be with me until the end of the season. From the moment when the problem is not to make the team do something else, but settings, I don’t ask myself any questions about it”, declared the manager at Groupama Stadium. And he had was re-confirmed last month.

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