INFO MIDOL: Labit and Ghezal will leave the XV of France

INFO MIDOL: Labit and Ghezal will leave the XV of France

Laurent Labit, the head of the tricolor attack, announced to FFR president Bernard Laporte and coach Fabien Galthié his decision to leave the France XV squad at the end of the 2023 World Cup. Another assistant, Karim Ghezal, will be leaving the blue boat His fate in the Top 14 is becoming increasingly clear. Ways are also proposed to replace them at the head of the XV of France.

To date, Fabien Galthié’s assistants have yet to extend their lease on the France team and the least we can say is that these men (Laurent Labit, Karim Ghezal and William Servat) are very courteous. The most polled of them? He is undoubtedly the former Racing 92 coach: today at the head of the tricolor attack, Laurent Labit (54 years old) has done a very good job since the winter of 2020 and if Les Bleus’ offensive system has undoubtedly become one of the sharpest in the world, obviously there is a lot to do with it. In recent weeks, the former right-hand man of Laurent Travers at Racing 92 has been received in this way by several Top 14 clubs, three of which have particularly caught his attention. Among them is CA Brive, whose new shareholder Ian Osborne has big ambitions for the Corrèze club.

heading Laurent Labit

of the French Stadium with Karim Ghezal

However, according to our information, the French Stadium holds the rope. The discussions, well advanced, are being finalized. Laurent Labit, at the end of the contract in November 2023, will even be accompanied in the capital by Karim Ghezal, the line-up master of the XV of France, whose federal contract will end in June 2024. On the side of the FFR, President Bernard Laporte, informed directly by Labit, has already announced the departure of the Blues attack coach. He is working on replacing him (read elsewhere).

In Paris, Labit would then become club manager in charge of general sports policy. Obviously, we now have to wonder about the time of his arrival in the “Pink Army”. To date, Parisian coach Gonzalo Quesada has a contract until June 2024. Recently, like his assistants Laurent Sempéré and Julien Arias, he extended his lease for one year to align with the contract of Paul Gustard, newcomer to the capital. , to be in charge of defense for the next two years. The Argentine coach was even, at the end of last season, confirmed in his role by the president-owner Hans-Peter Wild.

Karim Ghezal should also leave the XV of France

Karim Ghezal should also leave the XV of France
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However, the latter, which has already invested more than 100 million euros in five years, had also sounded the alarm among our colleagues in The teamstating, among other things, that “club culture” was not “not professional enough”, that now he wanted “change” and had substantially declared having “The horror of doing things without anything changing.” It must certainly be understood, from these contacts established with Laurent Labit, that the start-up of a new project for the summer of 2024 is well advanced. “Everything is possible”, assures an internal source that informs that the relations between Quesada and the general manager Thomas Lombard have “cooled” since a few months.

The future of the man who led the capital club in 2015 and 2017, the year of the last two Parisian titles (Bouclier de Brennus and Challenge Cup), could therefore lie elsewhere. In fact, the Argentine Federation would not be against offering him the mission of guiding the Pumas from 2024 to 2027. Nothing says, however, that Laurent Sempéré and Julien Arias, with a contract until 2024, do not stay under Laurent’s command Labit. whose desire is to collaborate with young technicians. These two coaches have done some serious work since they took over three years ago. And his attachment to the club is strong. Discussions should begin between all parties in the coming weeks.

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