Nîmes Olympique: Issam Bouaoune first player on trial, meeting Rani Assaf – Sébastien Larcier, next season is launched

Nîmes Olympique: Issam Bouaoune first player on trial, meeting Rani Assaf – Sébastien Larcier, next season is launched
Nîmes Olympique: Issam Bouaoune first player on trial, meeting Rani Assaf – Sébastien Larcier, next season is launched

While the atmosphere is good and relaxed at the Bastide training center, Nîmes Olympique having ensured its maintenance in National before finishing in Martigues on Saturday May 18 (6 p.m.), the big maneuvers have begun for the season next. With a player on trial, Issam Bouaoune. And with president Rani Assaf and sports director Sébastien Larcier at the helm…

An unknown figure with a beautiful mop of hair on the lawns of the Bastide which have also become beautiful again, a three-way game between Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Adil Aouchiche (Sunderland) and Yacine Adli (Milan AC), the latter two being Franco-Algerians like him: here is Issam Bouaoune, tested by Nîmes Olympique. He participated in his first training session this Wednesday.

A midfielder trained at VA and returned to Indre-et-Loire for a full season in N3

Born on May 4, 2003 in Tours, he started playing football in Indre-et-Loire before joining the Valenciennes training center. Aspiring then professional trainee, he stumbled on the last step of the first professional contract, and returned to play in his department last summer after four years spent in the North. The Algerian youth international is this season the playing master of Montlouis (N3), with whom he had a full exercise (9 goals, 8 assists).

“I’m here through an agent. I’m staying all week. This is my only try at the moment. My preferred position? More like number 8”specifies Issam Bouanoune, who knows Picouleau from having worked with him at VA. “He is interesting, with great athleticism and great maturity for his age”confirmed an observer present at the edge of the lawn this Wednesday.

Copious work meeting

This trial marks, in a way, the start of next season. The maintenance recorded Friday after the victory against Sochaux (4-2), the board crocodile can now project himself. And if Sébastien Larcier, sports director at the end of his contract but who will continue his mission, was not present at training, it is because he had a meeting with President Rani Assaf. A copious working meeting, with the main issue being the identity of the future coach of Nîmes Olympique.

Everyone at the club wants Adil Hermach to continue, but he does not have the diploma required to coach in the National. For the six matches he managed in April-May, NO will have to pay a fine of 7,500 euros per match. Continuing to do so would not be the trend. But “we have a cartridge to be able to keep Adil”hopes a Nîmes leader.

Four or five reinforcements hoped for before the resumption, Friday August 16

As for the squad, it should not be shaken up: the vast majority of players are under contract, and the executives will be retained. According to our count, Paradowski, Burner, Labonne, Sacko, Mbemba (return from loan to Dunkirk, but Nîmes would like to keep him), Sané and Doucouré are at the end of their lease.

Elements who played little, like Delpech, Ngakoutou or Wade, also have an exit voucher. Four or five reinforcements are hoped for, especially offensively, between now and the resumption of the championship on Friday August 16.

Goal to climb, Rani Assaf still far from leaving…

One thing is certain, finally: according to a Source close to the locker room, Nîmes Olympique intends to give itself the means to play for the rise in 2024-2025 (in May 2025, the first two of National will move up to Ligue 2, the third will play a play-off accession against the 16th in L2, and the last three “only” will go down to N2). And its CEO, Rani Assaf, is still far from gone…

Live from training: one absent, Thibault Giresse, and one present, Gaël Angoula

The absent : assistant coach Thibault Giresse was not at the Bastide this Wednesday. Not because Frédéric Bompard’s number 2 is at the end of his contract, but because he participated in a gala match in Bordeaux on Tuesday between the Légendes des Girondins team and the Variétés Club de France, at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Parc Lescure. His father Alain, Trésor, Zidane, Blanc, Mbappé and Barthez were there. And Thibault, almost 43 years old, even scored, reducing the score for the Variétés at the end of a match won 5-3 by the Girondins (thanks to a double from Pauleta in particular).

The present : Ligue 1 referee Gaël Angoula, who now lives in Nîmes and who played a season at NO (2016-2017), came as a neighbor to attend the professional session on May 15. The former defender, who will celebrate his 42nd birthday in July, will also end his season this weekend: he will lead the Metz-PSG meeting on Sunday counting for the 34th and final day of the elite.



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