Franck Haise, end envisaged


By: Manu Tournoux

In a bad situation in January, Franck Haise wondered if it was not time for him to leave RC Lens.

This is one of the great stories of French football in recent years. Almost unknown when he was appointed head of RC Lens in February 2020, while the Artesian club was still in Ligue 2, Franck Haise managed to take the Sang et Or to the Champions League, while attracting the interest of clubs like Liverpool.

However, all is not rosy in the life of the 52-year-old technician, who went through a difficult time a few weeks ago, where he asked himself a lot of questions. “ I took this step back in January, I first did it for myself above all and therefore for others. The mental load was significant and I could not go all out on certain files, he says in an interview with France Bleu. I was more tense, more tired, it showed. I even wondered if in 6 months I wouldn’t stop training to take a break. It was a possibility. When you think, and you put things in perspective, you see what is possible so as not to go head-over-heels. »

Lens is better

Now, Franck Haise sees things more clearly. “ But I had this option in mind for several days, it didn’t last. I had discussions with my wife, my son and Arnaud Pouille, the general director of the club. My wife told me it’s going to be complicated. My son told me, it won’t last. Arnaud also told me why not but it won’t last. It was therefore necessary to stop part of my missions (Franck Haise gave up the role of general manager at the start of the year). I’m glad I did it”, he adds.

In January, Lens suffered an elimination in the Coupe de France against Monaco and a defeat at Bollaert against PSG. Since then, everything has been much better and Racing, on a series of five victories in seven matches in Ligue 1, has completely put itself back in the race for Europe. Franck Haise can look to the future with more serenity…

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