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Football. After a dismal season, AG Caen wants to open a “new period”

Wilfried Bedfian has a potential profile as a goalkeeper. ©AG Caen

In what waters will it’sAG Caen this season in National 3? This query is requested by many. At the tip of a relatively disastrous train marked by a wire-to-wire rescue – within the higher tier, if the reserve Stade Malherbe had gone down, AGC would have been thrown out – Avant Garde opens a new cycle. With Olivier Merion, she went seeking a “problem man” whose CV had little to do with the underside of the N3 desk. But will that be sufficient to make it a aggressive membership once more?

AG Caen is an formidable membership. My private ambition is that we are able to play one thing attention-grabbing with 5 video games left. But I would like a while to assess the entire crew and the tribulations.

Olivier Merillon, coach of AG Caen

Surrounded by Félix Legras (assistant), Nicolas Vrel (goalkeeping coach) and Reynald Lemonnier (bodily coach), it’s Olivier Merillon who should put Avangard again on the highway to success. “When I arrived, I felt an amazing sense of incompleteness and virtually loss. The leaders realized what had occurred. They need to develop the membership. We have entered a new period. »

“The membership is formidable”

Former nationwide coach Olivier Merillon doesn’t cover it: “I used to be not compelled to signal on the N3 membership given my profession. It wasn’t in my offseason plans. But conversations with Bruno Bellas, president of AG Caen, satisfied him to come and produce his know-how.

They wished to belief an skilled coach to have the ability to introduce this requirement at a excessive stage.

Olivier Merion

Olivier Merillon goals to “make everybody need to play for the absolute best place within the Championship”. In that quest, he depends on a group that was considerably overhauled within the offseason. Executives reminiscent of Maxime Roynel, Morgan Hardoen or Joel Lembo stay. Others left, reminiscent of captain Leo Hamel or winger Benjamin Renault. “I wished to maintain the present construction and entice gamers with sport profiles that curiosity us. I wished to mix skilled gamers and younger gamers who need to show that they’ve the extent. »

Talent among the many rookies

Jules Yue arrived earlier than the brand new coach. The different recruits have been chosen or confirmed by Olivier Merillon. Chateauroux’s former skilled goalkeeper Wilfred Befdiancentral defender Valentin Leon (ex-SM Caen)midfielders Zurab Sopromadze (ex Mondeville), Majid Ait Ouaissi (previously Deauville) and William Coulibaly (previously Saint-Lô)the wing Arthur Marut (previously Valenciennes) and the attacker Younes Kedir (ex Rueil-Malmaison), introduced as a massive potential, signed. There might be expertise on this lineup.

The recruitment was completed to fill a variety of desired or undesirable departures. We additionally wished to add numbers to a comparatively small squad.

Olivier Merion

First pleasant win

Avant Garde is actually armed to expertise a very completely different season from final. Friendly matches can usher within the reality, even when the automatisms will definitely take time to construct. On Thursday, July 28, Caennais received their first warm-up match in opposition to Chaumont en Vexin (R1).

Our efficiency was fairly constructive. We led 3-0 at half-time, then 4-0. We completed decrease due to a lack of rigor.

Thanks to objectives from Kevin Goba, Zurab Sopromadze, Maxim Roynel and Alexander Dias, AGC received 4-2. She will play once more this Saturday thirtieth July (11am) in Quevili in opposition to N3 resident QRM reserve crew.

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