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LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday; January 4

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday; January 4
Nicolas Usaï is the new coach of Nîmes Olympique (MaxPPP TagID: maxsportsworldtwo713197.jpg) [Photo via MaxPPP]

Like every day from Monday to Friday; discover the essentials of Gard’s sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic nimes

Behind the scenes of a game. With a team trapped in the center of the table in Ligue 2 (12me); President Rani Assaf wanted a change a few days before starting the second part of the season to restart the machine and wait for the end of the chain to bring the public back to Costières. Sports director Reda Hammache and coach Pascal Plancque leave. Yesterday; during an interview with the president; the 58-year-old technician was offered severance pay for dismissal; who nonetheless wanted to continue the adventure. “Derisory compared to the amount that remains to be flowed linked to his contract”; trust a source close to the matter. In fact; the Norman is linked to the club until June 2023; another 18 months of salary owed. The two men would meet again on Tuesday. But Rani Assaf decided fire the Nîmes coach as a precaution. He himself would have delivered the mail in person to the director concerned at the Bastide training center; just before the start of the session this afternoon and in front of everyone. “The players were the first to be surprised”; continues our interlocutor about a man appreciated by the wardrobe. While preparing for his session four days before the trip to Dijon; Pascal Plancque grabbed his things and left the center. In its press release; the club justifies this dismissal “following events recently brought to your attention.” “Pascal is totally serene”; we are informed about a possible serious misconduct. Now; after the termination of the dismissal; Pascal Plancque will receive a summons before the termination of the contract. But as with some of its predecessors; the story has a high chance of ending up in court for full compensation. A coach who refuses to speak. Your replacement; Nicolas Usai; must be formalized at the end of the day and presented to the press. A CEO should also arrive. According to our information; this is neither Jérôme Leroy; a mentioned moment; nor former coach Bernard Blaquart.

The adventure at the Nîmes Olympique lasted less than a year for Pascal Plancque (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Pascal Plancque; in figures. Pascal Plancque’s adventure as coach of Nîmes Olympique lasted less than a year. He arrived in January 2021 to strengthen the Nîmes squad; replacing Jérôme Arpinon at the helm of the first team on February 6; when the Crocodiles were 20 years old.me and last in Ligue 1. After two losses at home to Monaco (3-4) and Nice (1-3 in the Coupe de France); a three-win streak continues (against Dijon; Bordeaux and Lorient) that point to a maintenance in the elite. Unfortunately; the good momentum is short-lived and the Norman coach fails to save the club from relegation to L2. This season; while the NO took the podium after six days; the results are more disappointing and the Nimes are 12th at the end of the first leg; three points behind the Bastia blitz. Leading the Crocos; Pascal Plancque will have led 43 games (Ligue 1; Ligue 2 and Coupe de France) with a record of 14 wins; 11 draws and 18 losses; in addition to 63 goals scored out of 69 conceded. He used 40 different players. Pascal Plancque was the 46me Nîmes Olympique history coach.

OAC

Here is the new striker of the OAC (Photo OAC)

A recruited attacker. As advertised Gard’s target this afternoon; the OAC just formalized the arrival of a new recruit. This is Paul Bonneau (20); an attacker who comes from the Toulouse reserve. He landed in Alès to make up for Osama El Bakkal’s fall departure. With this signing; the current leader of his group Occitanie de Nacional 3 with two points more than his dolphin Agathois; has a line to Arnold Abelinti; the local scorer. Last night; Paul Bonneau was present in Pibarot for the resumption of training. The former from Téfécé has discovered his new teammates with whom he will face; by coincidence of the calendar; his old club on the occasion of the resumption of the National 3 championship; on January 16; on the Violetas lawn.

Dakar

Dumas surrenders. While the 2022 Dakar rally has just started; Romain Dumas was forced to withdraw this morning during the third stage that took place in Saudi Arabia. The French driver; a member of the Rebellion Racing team; had a problem with the gearbox of his Toyota Hilux. A vehicle donated just before the race by three Dakar winners; Nasser al-Attiyah; after a fire destroyed RD Limite’s DXX buggy the day before departure. Romain Dumas had to hand over his own buggy prototype to his teammate Alexandre Pesci; team manager. An edition to quickly forget for the Gardois; double victors of the 24 hours of Le Mans (2010 and 2016). The latter reacted after this abandonment on his Twitter account: “Of course we are disappointed; but we knew it could happen because the car was supposed to end up in a museum. We were already delighted to be able to start this Dakar 2022.”

Football

The Centurions are back (Photo Anthony Maurin).

The centurions are back. After two years of unemployment due to the sanitary crisis; the Centurions of Nimes returned to the combat in the third division. Founded in 1998; the American football club of Nîmes was crowned D3 champions in 2005 and D2 in 2009 and 2013. In group 3 of conference B; Nîmes will have as opponents; the Blue Stars (Marseille); Notre Dame (Marseille ); the Canonniers (Toulon) and Aigles Rouges (Nice). To qualify for the play-off for a chance to win a French D3 championship title; you must finish first in the group or better second. To kick off their championship; the Centurions will travel to the Blue Stars (February 5 or 6) before hosting the Gunners (February 12 or 13).


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