Almost a year ago, Christophe Galtier was on cloud nine. Crowned with a title of champion of France and a title of coach of the year at the UNFP trophies, the Marseille technician announced his departure from LOSC. Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot, who were then looking for a renowned technician to succeed Rudi Garcia, made Galtier their top priority, even going so far as to present the OL project to him in a restaurant in Lyon and offering the coach a 3-year contract and the possibility of bringing back 4 assistants. Unfortunately for them, the former coach of the Greens rejected their offer to finish in the arms of Nice and Julien Fournier.
A year later, we cannot say that the record of the two parties is incredible. The Rhone club, which had fallen back on Peter Bosz, had one of the worst seasons of its last 25 years. Despite an honorable run in the Europa League, OL have experienced many disappointments whether in Ligue 1 or during their pitiful elimination from the Coupe de France in the circumstances we know. Current 8th in Ligue 1 after a new and sad defeat against the red lantern Metz (3-2), the JMA club almost said goodbye to a European qualification two days before the end of the championship.
Christophe Galtier highly appreciated by Bruno Cheyrou
As for Christophe Galtier, if he is still in the race for a place in the European Cup, the defeat in the final of the Coupe de France and only three victories (sluggish by the way) in the last 9 matches have damn much lowered the popularity rating of the 55-year-old technician. Add to that very fresh relations with Julien Fournier since the last winter transfer window and you get a coach in full spleen at the end of the season. If it is premature to speak of any departure of Christophe Galtier in the coming weeks, many clubs, especially abroad, are carefully scrutinizing his situation and are ready to pounce.
On the Lyon side too, we are keeping a close eye on the Riviera technician, keeping in mind that for the moment, it is indeed Peter Bosz who is scheduled to start the next season. Of course, there is not the shadow of a contact between the different parties, but Bruno Cheyrou, OL’s recruitment director, particularly appreciates Galtier and is full of praise for the latter when he is discussing the transfer window with the various agents he has been meeting for a few weeks, as an internal Rhone source told us…