Franck Haise bids farewell to RC Lens and signs a contract in Nice for 2 million euros

Franck Haise bids farewell to RC Lens and signs a contract in Nice for 2 million euros
Franck Haise bids farewell to RC Lens and signs a contract in Nice for 2 million euros

The emblematic coach of the Sang et Or will not let the “heards” linger any longer. This May 28, 2024, Franck Haise, coach of RC Lens since 2020, formalized his departure from the Artesian club and announced the signing of a contract with Nice. A transfer worth 2 million euros.

The rumors that have been floating around for several days in the football world are finally confirmed. Franck Haise, coach of Racing Club de Lens (RCL) since 2020, confirmed to AFP his intention to leave the mining basin to fly to the other side of France, to OGC Nice. A transfer estimated at 2 million euros which confirms information The Team announced at the start of the week.

A departure which obviously comes to the great dismay of the Sang et Or, who lose the coach who restored their image, propelling them to the top of Ligue 1 and into the net of the Champions League.

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Portrait of Franck Haise

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It had been several weeks since the 53-year-old Norman had made his decision. The club’s president, Joseph Oughourlian, had been put on notice but only gave the green light to Nice – and his seven-figure check – at the start of the week. A nice sum offered by the Alpes-Maritimes club to buy back the 3-year contract which still binds Franck Haise to the RCL, until 2027.

The coach, crowned best coach in Ligue 1 in 2022-2023, was very popular thanks to the convincing results he had obtained with the Sang et Or. His departure is therefore a real shock for the Artesian club, an end to a golden cycle, which began with the emancipation of Ligue 2 to end in the European Cup in this 2023-2024 season.

But behind the scenes, the atmosphere within the team did not seem all rosy. According to the words of The Teamturmoil within the current management of RC Lens would have reinforced Haise in his choice.

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“Sometimes you have to bang on the table so that everyone reconnects”, Franck Haise from Ligue 2 to the Champions League

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However, Haise in Lens had all the makings of the perfect romance. A coaching career that began in 2003 brought him, almost 20 years later, to the benches of Gayette. Arriving on February 25, 2020 in Lens, Franck Haise takes over from Philippe Montanier and qualifies the club – in a pandemic year and where the championship ends in April – for Ligue 1.

The fairy tale takes on new proportions in 2022, when the Sang et Or compete for the title of French champion at Paris-Saint-Germain. Arriving in second place in the League, the Pas-de-Calais club qualified for the Champions League and continued its momentum, snatching a third place in C1 against tough opponents (Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Sevilla FC).

A historic victory against Arsenal completes the season in history. Unfortunately the feat will not have been repeated this year, with a gloomy journey, without effusion from Haise and his players.

It was therefore with a heavy heart that RCL supporters woke up this Wednesday morning. “The output does not match the achievements“, “Considering the destination, we obviously don’t wish you the best“, “To say that I saw myself putting Franck Haise on the same pedestal as this man (Daniel Leclercq, Editor’s note).” Bitter, disgusted or downright betrayed, football fans can’t get over the announcement, which they feared would be confirmed.

On the Nice side, the supporters have the feeling of having won, welcoming the arrival of the ex-northerner after seeing Francesco Farioli leave their ranks for Ajax Amsterdam, after only one year of coaching.



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