FR: Former OGC Nice sporting director overwhelms Andy Delort

FR: Former OGC Nice sporting director overwhelms Andy Delort

Fired from the sports management of OGC Nice last summer, Julien Fournier spoke at length on the RMC antennas about various topics related to his experience with the Aiglons. Among the topics addressed, the former Nice sports director mentioned the case related to the absence of Andy Delort during the last CAN.

Back in the squad this international break, Andy Delort struggled to convince fans and observers during his last two appearances against Guinea and Nigeria in Oran. Dubbed by Djamel Belmadi, Andy Delort was able to return to the Greens, a year after leaving the group with a vengeance; after the explanations provided by the latter to the Algerian public. A brief reminder of the facts. So close to concluding his arrival in Nice, the former Montpellier HSC striker was at the center of an imbroglio that involved him in a voluntary refusal to play CAN 2021 (postponed to January 2022) in exchange for a signature in the OGC Nice. Immediate consequence of this hypothetical scenario, the Nice striker then indicated in the columns of L’Équipe his desire to take a year off with the Algerian team.

A year later, Delort again saw his name associated with a list of Djamel Belmadi after an argument between the two men started a few months earlier. Unofficially effective after the elimination against Cameroon, Andy Delort’s return was officially announced by an explanatory video published by the FAF a few days before the announcement of the list for the September 2022 deadlines. In this communication, Delort thus explained his absence For personal motives. The problems experienced then at this time were added to the poor communication on his part with the national coach. According to his explanations, these two elements combined would explain the situation known to the Algerian public in September 2021.

Delort was inclined to resign from the CAN to sign for Nice

Once these explanations were given, Belmadi and his player thus awaited a return to order to build together the future of a team in search of new references. An attempt potentially failed following revelations by former OGC Nice sporting director Julien Fournier to our colleagues at RMC Sport. In After Foot, the man who has since become Parma’s sporting director claims that the Algerian international had no intention of playing the CAN scheduled for January 2022 in Cameroon when he signed for Nice in the summer of 2021.

During the first interview I had with him, he told me between laughs: “On the other hand, don’t worry, I’m not going to do the CAN”. He was already at the offices to sign so there was no blackmail (Editor’s note: about not leaving the CAN voluntarily for it to be signed). Us I didn’t have an incredible number of players going to the CAN. It was not a parameter for Andy to signhe said during his speech. A statement that echoes a rumor that later reported a clause that stipulated non-participation in the CAN in Delort’s contract. Rumor dismissed immediately, in particular by us in September 2021.

Fournier does not convince with Delort’s explanations

Revealing Delort’s decision not to play in the CAN at the very moment of his signing, Julien Fournier completes his statement with a quip about the former Wigan player. Do you think that a sports director or a coach can, when he knows Andy Delort a little, force him not to go to AFCON once he has signed? It is impossible» says no without a smile in his voice. Enough to revive a controversy still as alive as Djamel Belmadi’s decision to reinstate the Nice striker despite reluctance within his group.

Observing Delort’s return to the national team from afar, the former Nice sporting director wanted to react to the explanations given by Delort about the reasons for his one-year absence with the Greens. Not convinced by the justifications expressed by Delort, Julien Fournier did not hesitate to add insult to injury. “MEI thought I understood when I read Andy’s statement that he should have explained himself better to Djamel Belmadi because he had personal reasons. The reality is that when I saw Andy Delort in the office, before making the medical visit, he told me that he would not perform the CAN on me. I’m not going to tell you he pissed me off. I was glad he didn’t, selfishly of course, but we didn’t have fifty players going to CAN“So he concluded.


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