Stade de Reims coach David Guion has announced that he will no longer be head of the club next season.
A waltz of coaches is announced in Ligue 1. After Stéphane Moulin in Angers, it’s David Guion’s turn to announce the end of his adventure with Reims at the end of the season. The Reims coach confirmed this during a press conference on Friday April 16.
A decision taken by President Jean-Pierre Caillot. “I met my president this week. I took note of his decision, I respect it”, declared at a press conference David Guion, under contract until 2022. Le Manceau (53 years old) had taken care to announce this departure of his players on Thursday, April 15: “Before training, the coach told us in his office with Xavier (Chavalerin) before warning the group, says the captain, Yunis Abdelhamid. In 4 years, we have built a good relationship and we have lived unforgettable moments. I will always be grateful to him and Stéphane (Dumont, his assistant). It’s a page that is turned. “
The technician from Reims took the reins of the team in May 2017, when the club had just finished 5th in L2 under the leadership of Michel Der Zakarian. In his first season, the former director of the training center (2012-2017) won a league title, setting a new record of points (84) over a season. He was also named the best trainer.
Eighth in Ligue 1 during the 2018-2019 financial year, his team then climbed to 6th place the following season, returning to the European Cup for the first time in 57 years. Despite a delicate start to 2020-2021 and an elimination in the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League, Guion’s team are currently 12th and have lost only twice in their last 18 games. The coach now hopes to end this season in the best way. “I’ve been here for 9 years, I want everything to end well”, he assured.
Six days from the end, President Caillot already has a track to replace him. “We have indeed made contact with the Spaniard Oscar Garcia”, explained the president of Reims to the newspaper “Union”. The former ephemeral coach of Saint-Étienne (2017) has been free from any contract since his dismissal by Celta Vigo (Spanish D1) in November 2020.