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Payet slams former coach Garcia

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Dmitri Payet has spiced up the latest edition of the Choc des Olympiques with some choice comments for former Marseille coach Rudi Garcia.

Garcia coached Marseille for three seasons until the end of May, 2019. However, instead of staying through the end of his contract – which reportedly was extended through the 2021 season – Garcia decided to leave and eventually landed at Lyon, which sacked former Arsenal defender Sylvinho after a poor start to the season. Payet, who was never one in England to hold his tongue, revealed he was surprised to see Garcia join Lyon, especially because he had spoken passionately before about Lyon when it was just an opponent.

“Yes. Already, it’s weird to see him in the opposite side,” Payet said at a press conference. “A few months ago (May 12) , we faced Lyon, and heard (Garcia’s) talk about Lyon players, Lyon fans, the Lyon president … I will not go into detail, because it is not the goal either, but I would not like him to talk about us like that. It’s odd that he postulates three months later for this club. But he did well, since he is there. We must not begin to put our feelings in a match like that, it could make us thwart. We have to put it in a corner of our head, use it to boost ourselves.”

Payet’s comments surely turn up the heat in this year’s first leg of the French Olympique Classico. Though there isn’t an intense rivalry between the clubs, Payet’s accusations could lead to the game having a higher importance. It would be ineresting too to see what Payet thought of some of his coaches in England.

It’s no secret that Payet didn’t get along with Garcia, and likely was glad to see him go at the end of he season.

“I do not know how to say,” Payet said. “There were times when it was rather hot, the communication did not pass, – I speak of my personal case. There were headaches, I have a strong character, it did not help either. We did not separate on good terms.”

All eyes will be on Payet this Sunday to see if he has anything else to say to Garcia, or whether it’s gone in his mind now.

Lyon hires Rudi Garcia as new manager

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Olympique Lyonnais has announced they have hired Rudi Garcia as manager, replacing the fired Sylvinho.

Lyon has struggled mightily to start the Ligue 1 season, winning just two of its first nine league games and sitting 14th in the table with nine points. Sylvinho, who was only hired at the end of May, was let go last week.

Garcia has formerly taken charge of Roma, Lille, and St. Etienne, and most recently managed Lyon rivals Marseille for three seasons before departing this summer. He left with Marseille having failed to claim a Champions League place amid the Ligue 1 top three.

“I chose Rudi Garcia because he is a fighter who, like us, has the ambition to win titles and succeed on the European stage,” said Lyon sporting director Juninho. The Brazilian had chosen his countrymate Sylvinho this summer, but made a change just nine matches into the season with the club winning its first two matches of the season and failing to win since. They have lost three of the last four, with all three defeats coming via a 1-0 scoreline. They have scored just five goals in the seven-match winless run, shutout on four different occasions.

The 55-year-old Frenchman will have plenty of proving to do to Lyon fans. Coming straight over from a direct rival, . Fans were outspoken about their cautious feelings, as the introductory tweet was ratio’d by those expressing a distaste for the hire.

“He is an experienced coach who has already won trophies,” added Juninho.“Wherever he has been, he has had above-average performances and has always managed to make the most of what he had at his disposal.”

Garcia’s first match in charge will be a home league match this weekend against Dijon, followed by a Europa League visit to Benfica.

Roma sack manager Rudi Garcia

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With just one win in their last ten matches, Roma has parted ways with manager Rudi Garcia midway through his third season with the club.

In each of his first two seasons in charge, Roma finished second in Serie A.

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Garcia led Roma out of the group stage in the Champions League this season for the first time since 2011, drawn to face Real Madrid in the last 16. However, a recent dip in form has caused the board to take action.

Roma has just one win in the league since early November, and the club has fallen from first to fifth on the Serie A table.

With the recent lack of results, rumors had been circulating that Garcia’s future could be in doubt. On Wednesday, Roma’s American owner James Pallotta released a statement confirming Garcia’s departure.

On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Rudi Garcia for all of his hard work since joining the club. We’ve all enjoyed some great moments during his time at Roma but we believe that this is the right time for a change.

Early reports state that Luciano Spalletti is set to takeover, as the Italian previously managed Roma from 2005-2009.

Reports: Roma considering Rudi Garcia’s future

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The Serie A title race is just that – a race – for the first time in a long time, and it’s incredibly fun.

Unless, of course, you’re Roma manager Rudi Garcia.

Roma the last few years has been the only club anywhere close to Juventus at the top of the table. But with this season’s early Juventus struggles leaving things wide open, Roma has not taken advantage, sitting on 34 points, good enough for fifth.

Following a 1-1 draw with 7th placed AC Milan on Saturday, Roma president James Pallotta made his feelings quite clear. According to Corriere dello Sport, Pallotta – watching from his home in Boston – texted the club directors two words: “I’m disgusted.”

Sky Sports Italy today reported that Pallotta will hold a conference call to discuss the club’s plans for the future, and much of that hinges around the employment of Garcia.

According to Football Italia, there are three men the board would consider to replace Garcia. Current Chile coach Luciano Spalletti, former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa and former Roma player Jorge Sampaoli are the options.

Of course, they could always decide to retain Garcia and continue to plod on with the man who led them back to Champions League continuity, but that appears in serious doubt.

Gervinho: “I dreamt of playing for Arsenal… now I hate them” because of Wenger

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When Ivorian international Gervinho chose Arsenal over a host of other clubs interested in his services, his arrival at the Emirates was lauded as the next big thing.

The now 27-year-old AS Roma attacker is having more success in Italy then he did in England, but came from Ligue 1 where he scored 36 goals over two seasons.

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He was going to Arsenal to live his dream. And underperformance and Arsene Wenger turned it sour. Now showing his star again with three goals in three UEFA Champions League games this year after a solid first season, Gervinho is speaking out.

From the Gazzetto Dello Sport via the BBC:

“As a child I dreamt of playing for Arsenal because I loved them, now I hate them for the way Wenger treated me,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

He went on to say, loosely-translated, that he regrets leaving Arsenal without having proven himself in the Premier League. Gervinho took a backhanded slap at Wenger by lauding current Roma boss Rudi Garcia for treating all of his players the same.

Surely some Gooners will quip that they dreamed of Gervinho at Arsenal and now they hate him… but the Ivorian has officially fired verbal shots at his old boss.