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David Guyon: the pragmatic coach who will revive Troyes in Ligue 2

This Thursday, December 6th, the atmosphere at the Stade Aub could have been heavy after a year in which Estac moved from 13th place in Ligue 1 to the red zone of Ligue 2. After the dismissal of Patrick Kisnorbo, the atmosphere finally calmed down. Australian strategist with only 3 wins in 40 games. The temporary squad, led by former national team player Alou Diarra, returned the team to color in a few days, scoring 2 wins and rising to 13th place in the championship. “It was an exceptional state of mind,” marvels David Guion. But the new Trojan coach warns; the club is not out of the woods. “We are very close to the relegation zone. League 2 is a very demanding championship. It’s not easy when we see clubs behind us. Until we have 45 points, I won’t be calm.”

Sacked from Bordeaux on October 7, but officially free for a few days, the 56-year-old technician is looking forward to the task that awaits him. “I’m happy, enthusiastic, fresh and ready to bring something to the whole club and my dressing room.” Very quickly wanting to turn the page with the Girondins, David Guyon intends to pass on all his experience to the youngest team in Ligue 2, whose average age is 23 years. “Thanks to my experience as a coach, I am quite inclined to do this,” emphasizes the man who was director of the Reims training center before taking charge of the first team. “I am convinced that we can be young and still compete in the championship. This is what we did last season with Bordeaux or before with Reims. There is no reason why we can’t do the same with the young people of Estac.”

“Football that allows fans to get to know each other”

At Troyes he will also have to deal with the playing and training demands of the City Football Group, owner of 12 clubs around the world, including Manchester City. “I presented my game project, which we quickly agreed on. This is a chance to create a group that supports Estac with its vast experience and excellent high-level skills,” emphasizes the new Troyan coach. But he also intends to take a pragmatic approach to the City Game, a way of playing common to the Mancunian group. “You have to go into the Estaca dressing room to understand that there are things you can do and there are things you can’t do,” he notes. “The merit of a good coach lies first and foremost in adapting to the players he has, putting them in the best situations to thrive and, above all, helping them progress for the benefit of the team, moving up levels as we progress through the ranks. game so we can create emotions through the environment.”

Arriving alone at Estac, David Gion signed a short contract for a season and a half, which allows both sides to evaluate each other. He will work with the existing squad (without Alou Diarra, who wants to continue training the reserve team), spending time building connections and understanding the needs of the outsiders. It is also worth thinking about attracting new players. “That’s why I wanted to bounce back quickly,” he explains. It’s much easier to come before the winter break because if there are adjustments, we can make them. We will ask ourselves this question after the two matches we have to play (Angers and Pau).”

Source: Le Parisien

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