Favre leaves Nice as Borussia Dortmund post awaits

Comments()
The Ligue 1 side have allowed their manager to leave, with the 60-year-old widely expected to take charge of the Bundesliga side

Lucien Favre has stepped down as Nice head coach amid mounting speculation he is set to be named Borussia Dortmund boss.

Favre led Nice to a superb third-place finish in Ligue 1 last season, although a 3-2 loss at Lyon on Saturday  left them eighth this time around and outside the Europa League qualification places.

The 60-year-old Swiss tactician told a post-match news conference he had just overseen his last game at the helm, while a statement from the club said they had accepted an approach for Favre.

"It is the end of an irregular season, where fortunately we took our hopes of European qualification to the end," the former Borussia Monchengladbach coach said.

"It was my last game in charge of Nice tonight. These were two fantastic years at Nice, at the human and sporting level."

Favre refused to confirm whether he was going to Dortmund to replace the outgoing Peter Stoger , despite Kicker reporting he has agreed a two-year contract.

"I am leaving Nice, but I cannot say more. Quite simply, I cannot say more," he added.

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere wished Favre luck in the "new challenge that awaits him".

"During his two seasons with us, Lucien has helped to keep Nice growing, with an exceptional track record last year," he said.

Article continues below

"We thank him for the quality of the work he has done at the helm of the team and for his constant investment. 

"He is a professional and a man of great quality. We wish him the success he deserves in the new challenge that awaits him."

Favre's successor at Nice is likely to inherit a squad in transition, with forwards Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea both expected to leave the club and further bids anticipated for midfielder Jean Michael Seri.

Next article:
Germany relegated from Nations League top tier to cap miserable 2018
Next article:
Bale fails to inspire Wales as 2018 struggles continue
Next article:
Santiago Solari: The right man at the right time for Real Madrid
Next article:
Argentina vs Mexico: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview
Next article:
World Cup semi-final defeat on England's minds ahead of Croatia clash, says Henderson
Close