This time it is there. After missing two first opportunities to climb ten days ago against Annecy (1-1) then Bastia-Borgo last weekend (1-1), Quevilly Rouen Métropole formalized its accession to Ligue 2 (just like the SC Bastia). The two promoted did not even need to play since the defeat of Orleans against Villefranche (3-1) Wednesday night was enough for them. They will be able to finish this season in a relaxed manner, but there is still a National 1 title to go for. Bastia and QRM are on equal points, the fight will be terrible until the end.
For the title of top scorer, Andrew Jung (23) has nothing to worry about. The Norman club striker has 21 goals in 27 league games, far ahead of his closest competitors, his teammate Ottman Dadoune, and Wilson Isidor (Bastia-Borgo) with their 13 goals. Problem, the striker finds himself in a paradoxical situation. While he has greatly helped QRM to climb, the solid center-forward is only loaned by Châteauroux, who is him the red lantern of Ligue 2 and already doomed to find the National next season.
A complicated situation with Châteauroux
“It’s special, but that’s how it is. I continue to watch all the matches of the Berrichonne, and the rest, we will see. I am under contract with Châteauroux, I extended before leaving on loan to QRM … Before that, there is a season to complete and goals to plant ” he explained to So Foot last March. After such a season, it’s hard to imagine Andrew Jung staying in the 3rd echelon. There is little chance that this will happen. While he is under contract until 2022 with the club dear to Michel Denisot, his future is slowly starting to be decided.
Just 80% bought by Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad, Châteauroux has entered the World United Group galaxy, which already includes the clubs of Sheffield United (Premier League), K Beerschot VA (Pro League), Kerala United FC (India ) and Al Hilal (United Arab Emirates). One of these destinations is therefore possible according to Patrick Trotignon, the new director of the club, interviewed by The New Republic a few days ago. “I don’t know if he is going to leave, but to suggest to a boy like that to stay in National if we go down, he risks laughing in our face. He necessarily wants to go above. This is a subject that we will see with United. Maybe he’ll go to Sheffield or Belgium to Beerschot. This offers us a panoply of attractive solutions. In any case, it would be nice if there were examples like that. ”
There is no shortage of courtiers
Other options exist. QRM would like to keep it but will probably lack the means to do so, even in Ligue 2. Other courtiers are sticking their noses. This is the case for large 2nd division teams such as Toulouse and ESTAC, whose rise to L1 is close. This winter, Brest and Nîmes had an eye on the one who was trained in Reims, before leaving for Concarneau. The 1m92 striker also has no shortage of suitors for this summer since Metz, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Saint-Étienne are in the running, just like Freiburg in Germany.