The change is now. OGC Nice presented its new trainer, Christophe Galtier, on Tuesday. Surrounded by president Jean-Pierre Rivère and football director Julien Fournier, the technician, champion of France with Lille this season, arrives at the end of a long soap opera between the two clubs. “That it dragged on, it’s quite normal. Afterwards, I left the management of OGC Nice, Jean-Pierre Rivère, Bob Ratcliffe and Julien Fournier, to manage the file. The most important thing is that today I am here in front of you ”, he slipped before continuing.
“I’m going to repeat myself a bit. At one point in the season, it was clear in my head, I had made the decision, with my entourage, to leave Lille and LOSC, whatever the result. And the fact is that we achieved a great performance, with a title of champion of France at the end. From that moment on, I looked at the projects that could interest me. I quickly thought that the INEOS-OGC Nice project was a project that could correspond to me, in relation to what I know how to do and what I want to do ”, he confided, saying a little more about his choice.
“It can be appealing, I know what I want, where I want to go, I am convinced that this is the right project for what I want to do for the rest of my career. I don’t ask for guarantees, I know the project, I know it well. The objectives, in the recent past, when I arrived in Lille, we went from maintaining to the Champions League, we will work and collaborate, grow the workforce. There is ambition. I thank Jim and Bob Ratcliffe. We will see where we will position ourselves. It is still far too early to know the potential of the workforce. To be transparent, I was not given a specific objective, no specific urgency. A season is all about the details, we are going to insist a lot on that. We will see what our season will be ”, he said, promising a lot of work.
No controversy and promises
“The potential is one thing, you have to create a team with that. It’s always the team that makes you win. We will insist a lot on this in the preparation, the season and the seasons to come. (…) When I took over from Alain Perrin in Saint-Étienne, we saw what we did. In Lille, the same, thanks to the work of Gérard Lopez and the advice of Luis Campos. Maybe I am that type of trainer and not another ”, he added, also suggesting why he had said no to Olympique Lyonnais.
One thing is certain, the financial aspect was not preponderant – “Otherwise I think I will no longer be in Europe” – and the French coach, who did not wish to comment on the laconic statement from LOSC to announce his departure, has not yet decided on his group. “It is far too early to make any choices yet. We come out of a first session, with a group not complete, a lot of young people from the reserve. We can be pleasantly surprised by the players. There are some who may have desires elsewhere. It is up to management to decide. It is far too early to say that I am not counting on so and so ”, he blurted out, then sending a message to Gym supporters.
“In my choice, I know the fervor of the Nice supporters, this ardor that they can release. They are on hold, there is frustration compared to last season, with the Covid in addition. I will just tell them that I am very happy, very proud and very anxious to meet them, it is very sincere. We will make sure that our team, their team, express themselves with a lot of energy, at least as much as that which they put when we come to play here ”, he concluded. First oral successful. There is no more.