FC Lorient. Régis Le Bris is no longer the Merlus coach

FC Lorient. Régis Le Bris is no longer the Merlus coach
FC Lorient. Régis Le Bris is no longer the Merlus coach

The standoff between President Féry and Régis Le Bris finally reached its epilogue, this Saturday, June 22. The Lorient club announced the dismissal of its coach, with immediate effect. The 48-year-old technician pays for a failed season and relegation to Ligue 2. “I would like to thank Régis for his many years at FC Lorient and regret that the results of recent months have not better reflected his daily investment and professionalism since his arrival at the club. He is a hard worker, and I wish him every success in his future projects.”indicates President Loïc Féry in a press release.

Two seasons and then RLB leaves

Despite 38 players used and several systems tried, the Finistère player has never managed to find the right formula to get his team out of the red zone, although it was reinforced during the winter transfer window with the arrival of five players: Bamba, Katseris, Adjéi, Louza and Bouanani. However, Le Bris has regularly expressed his dissatisfaction recently to affirm that he was not the only one responsible for this debacle. His real false start for Nice last summer had a bad start to the season in August 2023.

After 34 days, the Lorientais have only won seven times, for nineteen defeats and eight draws. The Merlus finished second to last in Ligue 1 with 29 points on the clock, tied with Metz who benefited from a favorable goal average.

Olivier Pantaloni will take over

In June 2022, Régis Le Bris was propelled to the head of Merlus to take over from Christophe Pélissier. The Lorient experience was his first as coach of a professional team, he having previously managed the Merlus training center for ten years (2012-22).

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After a thunderous start to the 2022-2023 season – 11 matches without defeat during the first 12 days, top 3 for 5 days – the Merlus de RLB finally finished the L1 championship in tenth place. Before missing the 2023-2024 season and relegation at the end. He’s going to leave the club, through the back door. Olivier Pantaloni will take up his post.

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