In a statement, LOSC Lille confirmed that they have hired Paulo Fonseca, the former manager of AS Roma, as their new manager for the next two years. This happened because the club and Jocelyn Gourvennec decided to stop working together two weeks ago, less than a year after they hired him.
After winning the 2020/21 Ligue 1 title under Christophe Galtier, there were high hopes for LOSC Lille. However, the club struggled because of money problems and having to sell players. Not only that, Galtier left for OGC Nice, and his replacement, Jocelyn Gourvennec, had trouble keeping the club on the same path. So much so that the reigning Ligue 1 champions barely made it to tenth place on the table, missing out on even a spot in Europe.
Gourvennec left the club earlier this month because of this and other problems off the field. Lille has confirmed that they have replaced him with Paulo Fonseca, who was the manager of AS Roma. The club’s statement confirmed the news and said that Fonseca had signed a two-year contract and brought three new coaches with him.
“Paulo Fonseca’s new job as head coach at L.A.S.C. is now official as of today. The statement says, “The Portuguese technician, who is 49 years old and has worked for FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, and AS Roma, signed a two-year deal with the Lille club today.”
“LOSC is happy to start working with their new coach, who comes with assistant coach Tiago Leal, assistant coach Paulo Mouro (in charge of physical preparation), and assistant coach António Ferreira (assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers). Jorge Maciel is already a part of the club, and Paulo Fonseca has added him to his staff as an assistant coach. Someone is writing a new page. We hope it goes well and lasts a long time.”