Provisional demotion for Bordeaux?

In the process of being bought out by Gérard Lopez, the Girondins de Bordeaux could be relegated to Ligue 2 as a precaution.

The imbroglio continues with the Girondins de Bordeaux. Dropped by their shareholder, King Street, last April, the Maritimes are not yet fully out of the woods.

Indeed, if Gérard Lopez is now very close to buying the club, the former boss of Lille is not yet officially at his head. However, Bordeaux is expected in front of the DNCG this Tuesday, for its annual review by the financial policeman of French football.

However, in view of the club’s economic situation, Frédéric Longuépée and others should be demoted to Ligue 2 as a precaution, reports RMC Sport. A decision which would not however be final and would not condemn the chances of seeing the club with the scapular still in the elite next season.

But it will then be necessary to move quickly to finalize the takeover by the Luxembourg businessman, whose file would have satisfied the current owners to complete the sale process.

“The guarantees requested (from Mr. Lopez) by the Board of Directors have been provided. These latter elements have met the expectations of Rothschild & Co, the club’s financial advisor, and of the ad hoc representative, thus avoiding the club’s placement in legal redress”, let know the direction of the Girondins in recent days.

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It will then be necessary to return to the DNCG before July 13 to convince of the solidity of the case and to return to this provisional relegation and to keep the club in Ligue 1.

Landed after three years at the head of Lille – with whom he experienced the struggles of the fight for maintenance at the start, before a spectacular recovery – Gérard Lopez will therefore have to convince. The former boss of the Formula 1 team Lotus has already made contact with many investors in the Gironde city, as well as with the mayor of the city to discuss the future of the club.

Note that if at the end of this process, Bordeaux were to leave the Ligue 1 administratively, it would be another club from the southwest, Toulouse, which would take the opportunity to make its return to the top flight, just one season after leaving it. . The Toulouse have indeed failed to validate their rise on the ground by losing in dams against Nantes (1-2, 1-0) but closely follow the setbacks of their neighbors.