Arrived three months ago, Laurent Batlles inherited a workforce in delicacy. Between crisis of confidence, lack of desire and other behavioral problems, the new Stéphane coach had to destroy in order to hope to rebuild a real team.
We have already mentioned it several times, the degreasing operation was massive this summer. 22 players left the drill after a chaotic season punctuated by a painful relegation. We would have thought that moving to a lower level would allow the Greens to rediscover the taste of victory. Nothing happened for the first five days. Worse still, ASSE was bogged down in the deepest slump. The culmination of this collapse took place during the reception of Le Havre. AS Saint-Etienne had hit rock bottom. A bad for a good ? The future will tell, but this parody of football has accelerated the departure of the last survivors of relegation.
Direction Brittany for Mahdi Camara (Brest) and Adil Aouchiche (Lorient) while Yvan Neyou changed tune with a start in Spain (Leganès). A partially purged workforce that could be further emptied with the scheduled departure of Charles Abi. The team of the day briefly looks at the behavioral problems that the Saint-Etienne coach had to deal with at the start of the championship.
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“When some arrived late for training or even for a match, another was seen in a fast food restaurant the night before. the absence of tactical implementation before the meetings.Review of this violent return to earth in August: 3 draws, 2 defeats, including one, historic, at home, against Le Havre (0-6, August 27), and 20th place in the standings.
This stampede caused Batlles to bang his fist on the table. Supported by the triumvirate in place since December (Jean-François Soucasse, executive chairman, Loïc Perrin, and Samuel Rustem, deputy director general in charge of sports activities) and who brought him in, he ended up winning his case.
He can now put his game plan in place with the players he has chosen.”
It’s a team with a completely different face that we saw against Le Havre last Tuesday. A different state of mind and the sweet taste of rediscovered victory. Now, we will have to continue this evening on a patoise lawn where the Saint-Etienne residents know they are expected.