OGN Nice continues its renewal. Julien Fournier left the Côte d’Azur this summer after eleven years as football director. Questionable ? Of “strategic differences” with the Nice staff. But while the team from Nice cannot convince at the start of the season with results that are well below expectations, some positions are still questionable. Lucien Favre seems to have been in the hot seat for many observers of the French championship for a few days.
But before that, the leaders of the Côte d’Azur faced another thorny problem. Jean-Pierre Rivère, the President of the GYM, as well as Fabrice Bocquet, General Manager of the Riviera Club, have been looking for a sports director for a few weeks. And the Aiglons could finally have found the shoe that suits them. In fact, as indicated by The team and confirmed by us, the OGN Nice has positioned itself on Florian Ghisolfi. The exchange between the two parties has also multiplied in recent days. Especially since Bocquet would be at the initiative of these discussions, since he knows the former Bastiais very well since their joint Lorient epic.
A new task
The sporting director of Lens has even given his approval to the person in charge of the Aiglons. A very nice move by the Nice board that steals an important element of the rebirth of the Lensois club. Florian Ghisolfi, who has been based in northern France since 2019, can boast of being one of the cornerstones of RC Lens’ revival, which culminated in promotion to Ligue 1. The man in the club’s shadow from the North had also agreed to answer our questions about his role and brilliance on Blood and Gold.
Able to reinvent the philosophy and identity of the Lensois game (with a new coach unknown to the general public like Franck Haise) but also the recruitment cell with quality reinforcements and meaningful expansions (like Loïs Openda and Seko Fofana to name a few) to take on a few), the 37-year-old savored the fruits of his labor. “To be the sporting director who put his foot in the stirrup, who believed in him, is a real pride” welcomed the former midfielder.
“Our goal is to be one step ahead. Our strength is knowing what type of profile we are looking for in relation to our club game project. We need to have a head start and when we get there it’s great. I think Abdul Samed and Openda are two very good examples.” Florent Ghisolfi also confirmed the reason for this interview. He will now experience a new challenge, this time in the south. The new strong man of the Nice sports management will still have a lot to do on his debut. His main task will be to bring back together a team that seems lost and disjointed and finishes in a dismal 13th place in Ligue 1.