Will Sunday’s defeat in Orleans, after leading 32 points, be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? Legitimately, JL Bourg had high hopes for this 2021-2022 season. With the arrival of a famous new manager, Laurent Legname, who had proven himself in Hyères-Toulon and Dijon, the Bressan club had to gain momentum. But the time to take stock came almost at the end of April. After missing the EuroCup playoffs, Secular Youth should also skip those of Betclic ELITE.
The acknowledgment of the bitter failure has already been done for several weeks in Ain. To the point that president Julien Desbottes has already planned to change the organization chart of his club. Regularly seen in the Ekinox spans since leaving Zalgiris Kaunas, François Lamy, former agent and then advisor to ASVEL president Tony Parker, will become advisor to Frédéric Sarre, the sporting director, until the latter’s retirement in October 2023, before potentially taking up his position in the step that we was confirmed on Monday. François Lamy himself recognized it in the columns of Progress this Tuesday.
François Lamy in the Astroballe spans when he worked at ASVEL (photo: Sébastien Grasset)
A poker liar between JL Bourg and Laurent Legname
The thorny question of the future manager remains to be resolved. The transplant with Laurent Legname did not help but the Var technician still has two good years on his contract. Separation seems inevitable between the two parties, unless an agreement must be found. A lying poker game will involve him as far as the future is concerned. For the Bressan club, the ideal would be for the former shooter to have an offer elsewhere, such as in Spain, a championship where he would dream of practicing his profession. But logically Laurent Legname’s camp will ensure that no concrete offer has been made to him, in order to recover a good part of the expected salary. Intense weeks of negotiations are announced even if Julien Desbottes, whose word has recently been rare, says in Le Progrès that nothing is resolved at this stage. Without a doubt also there in order not to make mistakes in view of the next negotiations:
“We have to find a common path, which doesn’t happen today. It’s obvious, but not to the point of blowing up the club. But can this path (Laurent Legname’s, ed) take us to a new level again? the question. Will I have to stay clear when it comes to making the diagnosis. “
As for the potential replacement for Laurent Legname, for weeks there has been talk of Frédéric Fauthoux, current assistant coach of TJ Parker at ASVEL. But Le Progrès disproves this information in his article of the day.