France Football COTY: Lille Manager Voted Deschamps’ Successor

France Football COTY: Lille Manager Voted Deschamps’ Successor

Lille Manager Christophe Galtier has been voted Coach of the Year 2019, by fellow Coaches in France, succeeding French national team Manager Didier Deschamps as the latest recepient.

Galtier joined Lille in December 2017 and guided Les Dogues to second in the Ligue Un in his first full season at the club.


The club hasn’t had a disappointing start to the 2019-20 season neither, and that’s in spite of selling some of their top performers from last season’s campaign.


They also recruited well, bringing in, among others, the young Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen, who is currently the team’s top scorer.


Meanwhile, in an interview with French Football Magazine, Galtier spoke about his job and also broached the subject of retirement.


“I won’t be an old coach,” the 53 year-old said.


“Let’s say that when it is time for retirement, I will take it. I have too much to share with my loved ones. And yet, I really have football in my blood, and probably even more the function of coach than player.


” I passed my first diploma at 16, I had my second degree at 27. At 28, I almost stopped. I always wanted – not dreamed, wanted – to be a coach. At what level, I did not know: assistant, training … But I always wanted and very early coach players.


“Football is very important to me, this job too, but I think there is a time for everything.”

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