Final Coupe de France – Nice – Nantes – The revolution did not take place: where is the Ineos project in Nice?

It’s been 25 years since Nice won anything. In the spring of 1997, the Gym lifted its last French Cup. On Saturday, the Aiglons will try to dust off their record against FC Nantes but also sharpen the new ambitions brought by their shareholder Ineos. Two and a half years after the takeover of the Riviera club by the thriving British chemistry group, Nice will live the first big night of its new life. The arrival of Inos could have boosted the club with tens of millions spent and pharaonic investments. That was not the case.

The fantasies linked to Inos’ immense success in cycling and its gigantic economic means (60 billion in turnover in 2019) were quickly extinguished: no, Ineos did not come to the Côte d’Azur to compete with PSG in Ligue 1 The revolution did. do not take place. In two and a half years, Nice has certainly spent 139 million euros, a tidy sum at a time when French and European football had to tighten its belt. But no investment has exceeded 20 million euros. Nothing to do with the arrival of the Qataris in Paris in 2011.

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Buying 50 million players is not the goal

I understand the impatience of observers but the media does not have the proper analysiswarns us from the beginning Julien Fournier, the football director of OGC Nice. Ineos is present in many sports. If I have to compare the Sky Team before the arrival of Inos, it was Real Madrid cycling. In Formula 1, the Mercedes team in which Ineos has invested is FC Barcelona. I’m OGC Nice. We go much further. It may not be fast enough, but buying 50 million players is not the goal. We put layers. We keep moving forward.

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Since the change of ownership, the club has finished in 5th and then 9th place. This season, he is fighting for the podium and qualifying for the Champions League. “It simply came to our notice then“reveals Julien Fournier. In 10 years, Nice has gone from a club fighting for its survival in Ligue 1 to a team with European ambitions. The goal is to perpetuate the club in this fight for the top 5 in each How to Attract the Best European Candidates

Galtier, Gouiri and Fournier, pillars of the Ineos project in Nice

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We will never be Real Madrid or Manchester United

We are attractive to young people. Thuram, Todibo, Bard, Gouiri, Kluivert came for nothingFournier recalls. Nice’s strength is that today, unlike the vast majority of French clubs, he is no longer forced to sell to survive. The moment when he had to decide to let go of Jordan Amavi ). in 2015 against 11 million euros) to afford a training center and equipment worthy of the L1 has been completed.

So can Nice keep its best elements while Amine Gouiri and Kephren Thuram will necessarily be coveted this summer? “Economically, yesslice of Fournier. But that is not our way of thinking. If tomorrow, a definitive club, that is to say able to win the Champions League, wants one of our players, how do you expect us to retain it? I will not forbid a guy to play in a club like this if there is a real project behind it. We will keep selling because we will never be Real Madrid or Manchester United. If these clubs are sold, we cannot attach players.

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While Jim Ratcliffe, the big boss, is preparing a second bid for Chelsea’s takeover and two clubs of the same shareholder cannot play together the European Cups, Nice, today the main ship of the Ineos fleet in the world of football, he could descend into the hierarchy and see his status and ambitions weakened by the necessarily gigantic effort made to take the fate of the blues in hand. “I know this does not call into question Inos’ determination to grow up in Nice. Jim has the means to buy Chelsea, it’s good for him“Christophe Galtier replied last Sunday.

So how can Nice grow? A qualification for this year’s Champions League will not change the team of Aiglons and Ineos. Only regular participation in C1 would allow you to start a virtuous circle and change your size. Today, Nice continues to target young people with high potential who already have solid experience. Will Inos’ contribution one day allow him to position himself as a player in the rank of Kylian Mbappé? “It’s science fictiontall Fournier. We are not in there. We can’t attract these types of players except by paying them extra. And this will never be the strategy of Nice and Ineos. You have to be credible to these players. Don’t forget, we haven’t won anything yet.“Since 1997 and maybe until Saturday …

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