behind the scenes of the second rescue of the Girondins de Bordeaux

The passage in entrance of the DNCG this Tuesday afternoon closed a really eventful two-month sequence for the Girondins de Bordeaux on an extra-sporting stage! A sequence through which the membership has merely nearly disappeared after the choice of the French soccer finance police to relegate to the Nationwide 1, twice, in first occasion after which on enchantment. Lastly enlisted in extremis in Ligue 2 because of the approval of the Business Court docket of Bordeaux, the CNOSF and the FFF, the Girondins de Bordeaux have come near correcting. And so they went via all of the states.

In brief, Bordeaux followers can breathe and above all give attention to the pitch: “Place for sport”, ton, for a number of days, Gérard Lopez, proprietor and president of Marine et Blanc. It was time. However earlier than delving fully into the sporting chapter with the switch window particularly, France Bleu Gironde invitations us to go backstage on this second Girondins rescue, inside a yr.

The administration of the day understood that it was going to be very sophisticated

Some had understood, from the start, that it might be an impediment course, after the membership’s sporting relegation to Ligue 2. And on 14 June throughout the first move in entrance of the DNCG, everybody seen it. Past the very sophisticated listening to skilled by the Bordeaux delegation, the hostility of the opponents of the day and above all of the abusive presence of a member of the group, a connoisseur of the membership, didn’t bode properly for the continuation. This one who doesn’t hesitate to take action “destroy” the Bordeaux file as he leaked false info to the press in regards to the day’s occasions. His habits will earn him even a small name to order from the pinnacle of the DNCG. The Girondins administration confirmed that some members of the membership had been taking part in towards them for a number of months already.

“On the one hand, we have been naive and did not have a lot up our sleeves; and on the opposite, we instantly thought that the file wouldn’t be simply monetary and that we might be left with completely nothing”, says somebody near the case.

Behind the scenes, there are those that hope, in actual fact, to see the declaration of chapter of the membership to take it again to the Nationwide 3. The practices are nearly already linked. Moreover, over the course of the 2 months, a number of leaks will query the membership’s administration to the purpose that an e-mail shall be despatched from Gérard Lopez to board members reminding them that they’re topic to a confidentiality clause. This unhealthy environment inside the Girondins themselves won’t stay and not using a future.

Gérard Lopez, proprietor and president of the Girondins de Bordeaux © Maxppp

In accordance with our info, the membership construction is predicted to vary quickly. Gérard Lopez not too long ago talked about the institution, for instance, of a strategic council. Additionally on the desk is the choice of a board of administrators, led by the Hispano-Luxembourgish businessman and one or two kinfolk, accompanied by a supervisory board. As an alternative, the speculation of the appointment of a vp took the lead: “The boss is the one who places the cash, why ought to he change?”, repeats the entourage of the president of the Girondins de Bordeaux.

The day Fortress tried to fireplace Gérard Lopez

It was a weekend in June. The stress can also be very sturdy between Gérard Lopez and his collectors, the American funding funds, Fortress and King Road. The latter merely determine to “negotiate” the debt of the Girondists in “misery”. That’s to say to place it within the sq. and, in spite of everything, to present it to the primary who arrives with a minimal of cash on the desk. The People solely supply Gérard Lopez to get better his preliminary wager, which is € 10 million, and a proportion of the membership’s worth within the occasion of a sale.

In accordance with France Bleu Gironde, two American businessmen working with funding funds are exhibiting curiosity. One in all them is co-owner of an NBA franchise and an excellent European soccer staff. They arrive into contact with Gérard Lopez who clearly doesn’t welcome them with open arms. Ultimately, Fortress’s try fails shortly: “He could not do it, the timing was unimaginable. This try was belated and above all disorganized.” GL wins this primary scorching second, as negotiations proceed to cut back debt and the DNCG appeals fee approaches.

The day Gérard Lopez moved all-in

“all inclusive” because the poker gamers say. That is what the Hispano-Luxembourgish businessman determined to do between the DNCG and CNOSF determination on enchantment! An enormous bluff through which he advised the 2 hedge funds that he would simply drop every little thing and pull the balls out of the deal in the event that they did not make a significant debt effort to avoid wasting the membership. “We needed to get inside”, somebody near GL retorts. As revealed by L’Equipe, Gérard Lopez is solely threatening his collectors to place the membership into obligatory administrative liquidation. And goodbye to the 53 million euros of debt for the People.

This very dangerous blow, Gérard Lopez hires him at the moment, saying he knew full properly that Fortress and King would find yourself letting go. After three days of pressure, this is what’s going to occur. The funding funds will agree to cut back debt by 75%, particularly by abandoning solely half of it. The opposite half is refurbished. And ultimately, the membership’s monetary debt is now solely € 8 million because of the latest switch of Jules Koundé to Barça.

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However beware, this extraordinary funding fund effort should not be and not using a future. They haven’t any intention of sitting like that on 26 million euros. In accordance with numerous sources from throughout the Atlantic, the councils of Fortress and King Road but additionally these of the membership are contemplating taking authorized motion towards the DNCG for interference and so as to get hold of compensation for the results of the choices taken that may result in big capital losses throughout this market window. A number of French golf equipment may very well be added to the file.

The day Nasser al-Khelaïfi affords to talk

In French soccer it’s well-known that Gérard Lopez has few associates, and subsequently many enemies. “Frankly, we have had little or no assist up to now few weeks. We have additionally taken big hits from former gamers. I admit it wasn’t straightforward for these days.” regrets the entourage of the Girondins’ president. Within the midst of this environmental hostility, one man provided to step off the road, and never simply anyone: Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of Paris-Saint-Germain. The Qatari chief was prepared to talk publicly within the media to assist the Hispano-Luxembourgish businessman.

Nasser al-Khelaïfi, president of Paris Saint-Germain.
Nasser al-Khelaïfi, president of Paris Saint-Germain. © AFP
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One other stayed behind, however he was one of many few “do not break Lopez” within the French courts. That is Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of OL. “He wasn’t even together with his ‘Viva Gérard Lopez’ banner, however a minimum of he wasn’t towards us, not even!”, explains a witness of the negotiations of the previous few weeks.

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