Entering the final matchday of the Ligue 2 season, Le Havre sat in fourth place on the table, three points and six goals behind Metz.
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Led by former USMNT coach Bob Bradley, Le Havre won their final match of the season 5-0 over FC Bourg-Peronnas, and paired with Metz’s 1-0 loss to Lens, finished the campaign tied for the third and final promotion spot on both points and goal differential.
However, Metz held the tiebreaker for goals scored (54 to Le Havre’s 52), leaving Bradley’s side back in Ligue 2 for next season.
Despite failing to earn promotion, Bradley’s first season with Le Havre has been a great success. After finishing in seventh place with 55 points last season, Bradley’s first taste of French football ended with 65 points and a fourth place finish, missing out on promotion only on the second tiebreaker.
Bradley’s name continues to grow around Europe as a “young” manager working his way up the ranks in impressive style. Despite being 58-years-old, Bradley has only managed for about two full seasons in Europe, first in Norway and now in France’s second division.