Laurent Boissier, coordinateur sportif d’Angers SCO : « Ça commence à devenir pesant »

Laurent Boissier, coordinateur sportif d'Angers SCO : « Ça commence à devenir pesant »

“What did you like about the profiles of Cédric Hountondji and Abdallah Sima?
We are talking about fairly confirmed players, be it Cédric with his good seasons at Clermont or Abdallah with his superb year in the Czech Republic (Slavia Prague) and his year in England (on loan at Stoke City). It would be disrespectful to him to say that Cedric is a gamble. He is an experienced player, he held his defense last year with a lot of respect, he was voted among the best dueling defenders in Europe. Abdallah was a profile of depth, of speed that Gérald (Baticle, the trainer) wanted. He is complete, capable of playing in several offensive positions, with a good header.

” The sale ? I don’t really care. I’m not here for the Americans, for the English, for the Russians or for the Poles. I’m here for the Angers SCO, to work. »

Does the prospect of four races at the end of the season change the focus of the championship?
It doesn’t change anything at all. At the beginning we do not take players to calculate if we are going to fall or if we are going to be champions, we take them because we think they are good. When we attack a season, I want to be champion, I don’t look back. Then I don’t leave the asylum, I’m not crazy. In any case, when my team enters the field it is to win games and to be respected. We’re going to have to get even more respect this year and get as high as possible. Inevitably, for clubs like ours with a much smaller budget than some, we put you in a cart. They already put us in a car last year, they will put us in a car again this year. The good thing is that we are used to some. We know what to do and how to do it. I have very strong confidence in my group, in my coach and in our squad, and I am confident and sure that we will have a very good season.

Nick Sakiewicz, representative of the US investment fund GFC, went to Saumur to watch the match against Saint-Etienne (4-1) on July 23. Since then, has there been any progress in the process of selling the club to the Americans?
I don’t really care. I’m not here for the Americans, for the British, for the Russians, or for the Poles. I am here for the OCS of Angers, to work, that we do our best and also try to be efficient in my work. The rest is not my problem.

What will be the rest of the transfer window? The technician asks for two defensive reinforcements. Are these cases progressing?
Today we are aware that we have a need. It is difficult to do a season with two true professional defenders, Miha (Blazic) and Cédric (Hountondji). Batista (Mendy) can lend a hand, but we need additional defensive backing. I’m not used to working in a hurry, I’m not in a hurry. We won’t do anything. The player will arrive when he should arrive and when he has been validated by everyone.

You mention a single defender, against two of the coach…
For now, it will be one. We are not going to renew the plethoric squad that later is not manageable for Gérald (battle) and that they are annoying for us too. The coach must already have the right car to drive it well. One more won’t hurt.

Last Tuesday, the Baticle seemed to say that the center back was already found and that “the setback” came “from the other club.” You confirm it because there, to listen to you, he is not in a hurry…
I didn’t say we weren’t in a hurry, I said we wouldn’t do anything. Time doesn’t press, it presses the coach a little more and that’s normal. Make players to make players, I don’t know how to do it. We took a little more time and agreed to wait a bit and have a player that suits everyone, especially the manager.

“It would be good if they let us work a bit calmly, if we stopped trying to add fuel to the fire all the time. »

But do you look at a player?
We’re fixed but it’s not signed. We work, we work.

Are players still likely to leave?
Every three days Ounahi leaves, or Bentlaeb, or Sofiane Boufal. I think we are very negative around us. Nobody will leave. We must stop now! It would be good if they let us work a bit in peace, if we stopped trying to add fuel to the fire all the time with false information. The players will not leave. The transfer window is over.

Even loan repayments?
I don’t think I’ve been asked any questions about these players. Some, from the beginning, know very well that they are in the process of leaving and have proof of departure (Diony, Bobichon, El Melali). There are others that don’t.

“If we can put a little positivity into all of this. I get the impression that for six months here, it’s been gloomy. »

Has Paul Bernardoni’s situation changed? You said at the beginning that Yahia Fofana had left to be number 1 and we were surprised to see Bernardoni as a starter for the last warm-up match against La Spezia (2-2)…
This type of question, I do not answer. This is Gerald (Baticle). Today, Paul is in the three goalkeepers of the SCO and that is very good.

And what about Sada Thioub? Although the club did not seem to trust him, he was used a lot during the preparation…
Sada nowadays is used a little more… If we can put a little positivism to all that. I get the impression that for six months here, it’s been gloomy. It’s starting to get heavy. I’m sorry for what I read and what I see, it’s starting to bother me. I prefer that we talk about the positive things about the club, the possibility of having signed Sima, Hountondji, Blazic…, than from morning to night listening to things that start to bother me a lot. We died with the DNCG, we died with the Americans, they cooked us sportingly. I feel like we’re still standing. I would like us to be a little fair with ourselves at work, I don’t have the impression that we are being too fair. Maybe it would be good for people if we went to Ligue 2, I don’t know. Well, that wouldn’t suit me. »

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