Antoine Kombouare is no longer in charge of Nantes. Les Canaris have fallen to 17th place in the league standings with four games remaining. A Ligue 2 relegation is on the horizon, and the Nantes board of directors has decided to pull the plug. He was hired by his former team in 2021 to succeed the abjectly unsuccessful Raymond Domenech as Nantes’ head coach.
When he first arrived, the former PSG manager turned the club’s fortunes around and saved Nantes from relegation. Les Canaris won the Coupe de France last year. It’s their first silverware since winning the league for the eighth time in 2001. In this season’s Europa League, Nantes participated and made it to the playoff round before falling to Juventus (1-1, 0-3). Nantes were unconvincing in Ligue 1 but appeared to be safe from relegation. However, the wheels have completely come off since their defeat at the hands of Turin. In their last 11 Ligue 1 games, the Loire-Atlantique club has lost 7 and drawn 4.
According to Ouest-France, Nantes U19 coach Pierre Aristouy will replace Kombouaré in the dugout for the final four games of the season. Former Nantes center-back Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, who currently coaches the women’s team, will join his staff. On Sunday, Nantes will play Toulouse in Ligue 1 gameweek 35.
Antoine Kombouare is no longer the Manger of Nantes
Nantes sacked coach Antoine Kombouare on Tuesday, with only four games remaining in the Ligue 1 season.
The club has tasked the under-19 team’s coach, Pierre Aristouy, with keeping the club’s place among the French elite.
After a disastrous week of results, Kombouare, 59, leaves the Canaries in the relegation zone, third from the bottom of the table.
Toulouse thrashed them 5-1 in the French Cup final, a trophy they won under Kombouare in 2022, followed by 2-0 losses to fellow relegation rivals Brest and Strasbourg.
It put Nantes two points behind Auxerre and three points behind both Brest and Strasbourg.
Nantes president Waldemar Kita, who has never been afraid to fire coaches, decided it was time to call on former Nantes forward Aristouy.
Since his return to the club in 2017, he has had some good results with the Under-19 side.
Former Venezuelan international and ex-Nantes player Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, who has been coaching the women’s team since last October, will assist him.