Christian Gourcuff resigned from his position as head coach at Stade Rennais FC on Tuesday afternoon, a few days after the arrival of Olivier Létang as the club’s new vice-president and general manager.
Gourcuff, 62, who signed on at Rennes in June 2016, is no longer head coach at the Brittany club. On Tuesday morning he met with Stade Rennais’ newly arrived vice-president Oliver Létang – also the club’s general manager – and evidently the two men decided that they wouldn’t be able to work together.
According to French daily 20 minutes, it was Létang who “took the decision to remove the coach, judging that the club’s history would be best written without him”. Accoring the Le Telegramme, Gourcuff is to be replaced by interim coach Landry Chauvin, previously the head of the club’s renowned youth academy, and Michel Tronin, whose job it has been to study the club’s opponents.
Changing of the guard
Last week, it was club president René Ruello – who brought Gourcuff to the club for his second stint as coach after a season-long tenure back in 2001-02 – who resigned, making way for Létang’s arrival.
“He confirmed his resignation to me, yes. I didn’t know it was going to happen. It’s devastating,” reacted Gourcuff, whose long-standing connection with the club also includes his son Yoann – currently on the player roster – having come up through the youth academy.
Gourcuff took Rennes to a ninth-placed finish in season 2016-17 and leaves the club in tenth place with an overall coaching record of 16 wins, 17 draws and 19 defeats.
While Chauvin will hold the reins during the international break, the club is on the look-out for a successor to Gourcuff, with former Argentina and Marseille defender Gabriel Heinze reportedly at the top of a list that also includes former France, Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc.