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Sabri Lamouchi: “I would have liked to be able to have a career like Guy Roux in Rennes” – 06/27/2022 at 06:00

Sabri Lamouchi: “I would have liked to be able to have a career like Guy Roux in Rennes”

Since August 2021 and the end of his last Qatari experience at Al-Duhail, Sabri Lamouchi has been away from the benches. An eternity for the one who celebrated the tenth candle of his young coaching career last month. At 50, the former midfielder of AJ Auxerre, AS Monaco and Inter wanted to take his time, just to prepare well before a new challenge, but he now says he is ready to return to service. . From Stade Rennes to Nottingham Forest, Lamouchi talks about his main feats of arms, his fear of being forgotten and his management models. Interview with a coach whose biggest dream is to spend three seasons at the same club.

For the first time since the start of your coaching career, you have spent a full season without a sideline. How have you lived this year without exercising?

It’s true that I’ve been training for ten years without ever having taken a sabbatical. I hadn’t stopped so much since the start of my playing career at 17. It’s a new period for me, the rhythm is not the same. I really cut to take the time to enjoy mine. There is a phase during which we decompress, another where we take advantage, then finally a period where we become impatient. There, I am impatient to find a project that will make me want to bounce back.

Some coaches sometimes use such a break to evolve by meeting other coaches, reading or even rewatching matches. Was this your case?


I was able to go see former colleagues, in Italy or the Netherlands. For example, I went to Amsterdam to enjoy the charms of the city with my family. But also attending training sessions and an Ajax match thanks to my friend Ronald de Boer. I would have loved to go to South America to find Marcelo Gallardo, but I also had to devote time to my children. I try to be there because I couldn’t always be there during my career. Above all, I know that when things pick up again, my head will be in the washing machine. I also took the time to structure myself. I had lunch with acquaintances for the constitution of a staff and to immerse myself in different cultures. As I am based in London, I have the opportunity to see lots of matches.

“When you’re a coach, you have to sell yourself and have a network. I

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