End of story! A short and disappointing 1-0 loss to Angers in Lille on Sunday 13 November, the last day of Ligue 1 before the international break, would have been too much for Gérald Batil. Angers President Said Shaban, who for a long time officially retained confidence in him and assured that he would finish the season regardless of the results, decided to part ways with his coach. The club announced on Thursday morning on its social media that it had notified the person concerned that he was “being fired as a precautionary measure”.
Batikl was informed of this verdict during a meeting he had the day before, on Wednesday, November 23, with President Said Shaban. Batikl, 53, has been in power since the summer of 2021. He paid the price for a disastrous start to the season for his team, who wear the champion’s cap with a record of 11 losses, 2 draws and only 2 successes. Angers even remains on a black streak of seven defeats.
The club announced that a temporary deadline would be granted until further notice by Abdel Bukhazama, director of the training centre. This is the first time Shabane has parted ways with a coach during training. On the other hand, this is the seventh Ligue 1 manager to be sacked since the start of the season, after Peter Bos in Lyon, Michel Der Zakarian in Brest, Jean-Marc Furland in Auxerre, Oscar Garcia in Reims, Olivier Dall’Oglio in Montpellier and Bruno Hirle in Troyes.