Coach Galtier Quits New French Champions Lille

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 11, 2019 Lille’s French head coach Christophe Galtier looks on during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and FC Nantes at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq northern France.(Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP)

 

Coach Christophe Galtier told L’Equipe on Tuesday he was stepping down as coach of Lille two days after winning the Ligue 1 title.

“I simply have the deep belief that my time is up here,” he told the paper.

Galtier, who was appointed in 2017, says he has received job offers from clubs including Nice and Lyon in France and Serie A’s Napoli.

The 54-year-old said he was moving on to avoid “falling into a routine”.

Galtier engineered a remarkable turnaround in Lille’s fortunes after succeeding Marcelo Bielsa midway through the 2017-18 season.

Lille just avoided relegation. They then finished second to Paris Saint-Germain in his first full season.

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 17, 2021 Lille’s French head coach Christophe Galtier looks on during the French Cup round of 16 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lille (LOSC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. – Coach Christophe Galtier told L’Equipe on May 25, 2021 he is stepping down as coach of Lille three days after winning the Ligue 1 title. “I simply have the deep belief that my time is up here,” he told the paper. Galtier, who was appointed in 2017, says he has received job offers from Nice and Lyon in France and Serie A’s Napoli. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

 

Lille were fourth when last season was ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic, and on Sunday were crowned champions for the first time since 2011.

On the final day of the 2020/2021 season they beat Angers 2-1 to ensure they finished one point ahead of PSG.

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