Une victoire sur le terrain de Brest (4-2), samedi 21 mai, n’aura rien changé au destin des Girondins de Bordeaux, mais seulement acté officiellement leur descente en Ligue 2 après 31 ans de présence consécutive dans l’élite du football French.
It was to be expected, it remained only to officially acknowledge it. The Girondins de Bordeaux (20th, 31 points) will progress well at the lower level of Ligue 2, despite their symbolic success – only the sixth of the season – on the side of Brest (4-2) that had nothing left to play in the last of Ligue 1. At the final whistle, de Bordelais’ attitude was unmistakably in stark contrast to all that to Brestois’s satisfaction, yet defeated.
A blow through relegation – the first since the 1990-1991 season – last week already cashed in well with a stormy draw in Matmut Atlantique against Lorient (0-0). Condemned before kick-off, David Guion’s Bordelais took the lead this time from Ricardo Mangas (14th), then symbolizing the first double in Ligue 1 of the young striker trained at the Sekou Mara club (32nd, 72nd), before a final performance from Jairo Dilrosun (75th).
In return, the Bordeaux defense was twice surprised by Steve Mounié (16th) and Youcef Belaïli (34th). Logical and in the image of a season in which the historic club conceded 91 goals in 38 matches with six French national titles. A sad record for a bitter-tasting descent, following Gérard Lopez’s hopeful takeover of the Girondin club last July.
Bordeaux was about to file for bankruptcy late last season and had seen the project fromSpanish-Luxembourg businessman, Gérard Lopez, such as that of a gradual rise to the surface after years of sporting and financial wandering, most notably under the chairmanship of the American investment fund King Street (2018-2021).
In a press release, the boss of the Girondins defended himself on Saturday evening in connection with this situation: “The late validation of the acquisition project did not allow us to start the season in good conditions. We made mistakes. I made mistakes. […] The club’s shareholders, Jogo Bonito, but also King Street and Fortress, as creditors, are fully committed to this project with me.”
Currently with a debt between 40 and 50 million euros, the navy and white club should again review its investments and its operation downwards in the coming weeks. Facing this descent in Ligue 2, the club would, according to various sources, have an envelope of about 20 million euros (sale of players, shareholders, etc.) before June 30.
Even though president Gerard Lopez considers this first season at the head of the club a failure”staff”he however, does not question his future investment within the club. “LIt is my responsibility, even in difficult times, not to lose sight of the course we have set for ourselves: saving the club is and remains my goal.”he acknowledges.
Already filmed for the next season, the 50-year-old former president of Lille also promises “The road to reconstruction will obviously be difficult and will involve profound changes.” Before adding: “I’m ready and the coming weeks should allow us to understand what went wrong this season and what changes we need to make.”
New practices would be considered to find the elite as quickly as possible with all club stakeholders, such as: “the representatives of its employees, but also the supervisory authorities of professional football who supported last summer’s rescue project”he says. “A board of directors allowed [jeudi] act according to the main points of this project” to which he promises to return †more details soon”†