Lille, champion of France in 2021 but disappointing last season, terminated the contract of its coach Jocelyn Gourvennec on Thursday June 16. “LOSC and all components of the club would like to sincerely thank Jocelyn Gourvennec for his collaboration, commitment and professionalism throughout this 2021-2022 season,” the club wrote in a statement posted on its website.

The name of Portuguese technician Paulo Fonseca (49), former coach of AS Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Porto, is mentioned by the press to succeed Gourvennec on the Lille bench.

“A page turns, reacted Jocelyn Gourvennec in the evening on his Instagram account. I wanted to thank my staff, all the LOSC employees, sports and administrative, as well as all the players. My thanks also go to all the supporters who supported me throughout the season. With all my friendship “.

Arrived at the head of a team weakened by several departures, but also by the decline in performance of several executives, including Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, Jocelyn Gourvennec had been freshly welcomed by northern supporters. Having reached the knockout stages of the Champions League (eliminated by defending champion Chelsea), LOSC missed their Ligue 1 run, finishing in a lackluster 10th place for a defending champion.

“We did things that I would describe as interesting and important despite everything: winning a title [the Champions Trophy] is not trivial, making a round of 16 in the Champions League is not trivial. But the classification is not in line, we missed our final sprint, “said Jocelyn Gourvennec two days before the end of the championship.