Kombouaré, it’s already mixed


By: Manu Tournoux

Less than a year after being fired from FC Nantes, Antoine Kombouaré will make his return to the Canaries bench. A choice by Waldemar Kita which sparks debate.

On Saturday, FC Nantes lost (1-3) against Racing Club de Strasbourg, on the 26th day of Ligue 1. A seventh consecutive defeat for the Canaries. The one too many. Waldemar Kita decided to dismiss Jocelyn Gourvennec and recall Antoine Kombouaré in order to keep the Loire-Atlantique club among the elite.

The return of the Kanak technician to FC Nantes, from which he was dismissed in May 2023, is already a matter of debate. “I think it’s 50-50, estimates Canal+ consultant Mickaël Landreau. Through his experience and his character, Antoine can have this grip to live this maintenance. He is someone who knows the club and how it works. Let's hope that this will allow Nantes to get out of this. »

How will the locker room react?

The former goalkeeper quickly qualifies his remarks. “But on the other hand, he was there a year ago and it was because of the players that he didn't stay, he recalls. I don’t know how things will be redefined in the group, if they will change captain or not…”.

In February 2021, Antoine Kombouaré succeeded Raymond Domenech on the Canaries bench. He then managed to keep the club in the elite, before winning the Coupe de France the following season.

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