Jocelyn Gourvennec, manager of Bordeaux is the new hot product on the market.
Arsene Wenger is known for his admiration for his fellow Frenchman and has allegedly been contacting other Premier League clubs to encourage them to appoint him, but could he replace Arsene himself?
Gourvennec is currently on a two year contract with Bordeaux that started last July, and it is reported that he’s already being offered an extension until 2020.
Negotiations to get him to extend his contract could be troublesome for Les Girondins as the Frenchman’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has received serious inquiries from the Bundesliga regarding his client.
Gourvennec started his playing career in 1991 with Rennes and went on to eight different clubs as a player until he finally ended his career in Reze in 2007.
His first managerial job was at La Roche VF where he stayed for two years until he joined Guingamp. After spending six steady but successful years at the club, 44-year-old took Guingamp from the third division to Ligue 1 and even managed to win Coupe de France in 2014, thus qualifying for the following season’s Europa League, where he reached knockout phase.
Gourvennec joined Bordeaux last summer where he finally got a chance to compete with the best clubs in France, receiving a significantly larger budget but also the weight of expectation that comes with a bigger club.
The difference of his teams performance,s comparing his success at Guingamp and a bigger club of Bordeaux’s calibre, are quite notable.
At Guingamp during 227 matches he recorded 95 victories, 45 draws and 87 losses which produced 1.45 points per match, with a goal difference of 1.30 goals scored and 1.23 conceded per match.
At Bordeaux, after playing 41 games his average points per match has risen to 1.71, with 20 victories, 10 draws and 11 losses. His goal scoring record has also improved with 1.51 goals scored and 1.24 conceded per match.
Considering this is his first season at helm, it’s obvious he still has some work to do in tuning his side so he could truly challenge the likes of PSG and AS Monaco.
Another thing worth mentioning about Jocelyn Gourvennec is that FourFourTwo listed him as one of top 50 managers in the world in 2016.
Who knows what he will be like in two years at the end of Arsene Wenger’s impending new contact but if he keeps things up, there’s every chance Wenegr could want to see Gourvennec replace him.