Bordeaux challenge excites Gourvennec

Former Guingamp coach Jocelyn Gourvennec says that he is looking forward to his first season in charge at Bordeaux with a mixture of pride and ambition.

The 44-year-old orchestrated a remarkable period of success for EAG, raising them up three divisions in the space of six years.

This achievement, combined with their 2015 Coupe de France triumph, meant that it was only a matter of time before Gourvennec was snapped up by a bigger club.

"I'm extremely happy with the faith that has been shown in me by Girondins de Bordeaux," he told the official Ligue 1 website.

"It's an honour to have been chosen – Bordeaux are one of the biggest clubs in France and it's a no-brainer to accept such a challenge.

"I'm feeling a mixture of pride and ambition, as the season ahead is shaping up as a very exciting one." 

Gourvennec outlined his intended approach to bring success back to Les Girondins, whose 11th-placed finish last season was well below their ambitions.

"Bordeaux are coming out of a season that was below their expectations," he explained. "We'll need to establish a healthy dynamic in the team, the squad and the club.

"And become more consistent. Bordeaux should be fighting it out for the top spots. We won't talk of Europe yet. We just need to find our feet and mix it with the big boys. Then we'll see."