Christophe Pélissier offers the title to AJ Auxerre

Christophe Pélissier offers the title to AJ Auxerre
Christophe Pélissier offers the title to AJ Auxerre

Relegated last season following an express round trip to Ligue 1 Uber Eats, AJ Auxerre returned to the elite of French football after their draw (0-0) in Amiens on Friday, BKT League 2 title up for grabs before the last day.

One day before the end of the championship, Christophe Pélissier’s men have 71 points and can no longer be overtaken by Angers which, thanks to its last-minute success (2-1) in Annecy, is only four lengths behind, while Saint-Etienne (third with 65 pts) conceded a draw (1-1) against Rodez.

Pélissier, an expert on climbs

The club owes this rise in particular to the science of its trainer Christophe Pélissier, a true exercise specialist.

The 58-year-old coach, who arrived at the Icaunais club in October 2022 after the dismissal of Jean-Marc Furlan, is one of the main architects of this accession, the second in three years.

Like his predecessor, Pélissier is a master in the art of promotions to the next level, a feat he achieved seven times during his career, including three in Ligue 1 Uber Eats with three different clubs: Amiens SC in 16/17, FC Lorient in 19/20 and AJ Auxerre this season.

On the other hand, he did not succeed in 2023 in the rescue operation for which he had been committed to maintaining the AJA: the Burgundians had finished 17th in Ligue 1 Uber Eats during the last financial year, the only relegation of his career. ‘coach.

Despite everything, he had extended his contract by one year, until 2025 with an additional year as an option, the Chinese James Zhou, president-owner, highlighting the improvement in the team’s performance since taking power. of the technician.

By not hesitating to give young people a chance, Christophe Pélissier is following the line of the Icaunais club whose training remains one of the fundamental pillars.

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