Market.  Laurent Batlles, the former TFC midfielder, replaces Pascal Dupraz on the Saint-Étienne bench

Market. Laurent Batlles, the former TFC midfielder, replaces Pascal Dupraz on the Saint-Étienne bench


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One Toulouse player chases another … Pascal Dupraz is not being reinstated, it is Laurent Batlles who is becoming Sainté’s coach. He will initial a two-year contract on Friday with, it cannot be otherwise, the immediate rise in the spotlight.

It was a secret of Polichinelle since Sunday night and the relegation of the Forez club, the player trained in Toulouse (1994-1999 and 2005-2008) “Lolo” Batlles will be the new coach of the Greens. His appointment is expected to be made official this Friday, June 3, according to our colleagues at L’Équipe. Free since New Year’s Eve (!) And thanks to ES Troyes / Aube-Champagne, the 46-year-old technician has to commit for two years. He will (re) come to Geoffroy-Guichard with an assistant. Julien Sablé, who officiated this year alongside Pascal Dupraz, leaving the club as he posted this Thursday afternoon on his Twitter account AS Saint-Étienne.

This is a turning page, Julien Sablé leaves the green house. At the end of his contract, he will open a new chapter in his career. This will forever be deeply marked by AS Saint-Étienne.

Thanks Julien! ?

– AS Saint-Étienne (@ASSEofficiel) June 2, 2022

The Savoyard tactician Dupraz, who was not extended on Monday (arrived in mid-December, his contract was only for a period of six months), the staff of the legendary club of the 70s did not drag and contacted his ex- midfielder (2010-2012) and also head of the reserve – or even assistant to Team One – from 2014 to 2019 where he became head coach at Troyes. With the known success, materialized in May 2021 by an accession in L1 with the Estac, which had groomed the pawn in Clermont (2e) and … Toulouse (3e).

A TéFéCé who, by the way, dreamed of it last summer at the time of finding the successor to Patrice Garande.

Toulouse connection

Definitely, yes, the TFC-ASSE motorway is very busy … Without going very far, Jean-François Soucasse, former right-hand man of Olivier Sadran at Toulouse FC until his acquisition in the summer of 2020 by the US investment RedBird Capital Partners, has been the executive chairman of AS Saint-Étienne since July 2021. downhill foresight team. Despite a spring start and a place as a snatcher snatched on the last day on the lawn of the winner of the Coupe de France Nantes (1-1).

Tired, the dams against Auxerre will be fatal to “Dieupraz” who had resurrected the TFC between March and May 2016: 1-1 in L’Abbé-Deschamps and the same score in the Chaudron. And, in the enda cruel elimination – synonymous with relegation in Ligue 2 – to shots on goal (4-5 tab).

It is only the first – in every sense of the word – movement of a long series, not difficult to imagine. The construction site in front of Lolo Batlles looks substantial but just as exciting.



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