Ligue 1: Michel Der Zakarian should sign his return as Montpellier coach after the layoff of Romain Piteau

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The waltz of Ligue 1 coaches continues. Michel Der Zakarian seems to be in pole position to replace Romain Piteau at the head of the Hérault club’s first team. “Der Zak'” had already coached the team a few months ago; Romain Piteau, he will only have provided a very brief interim.

Romain Pitau and the MHSC, pointing to 15th place in Ligue 1, 2 points from the relegation zone, it’s over. Laurent Nicollin no longer trusts his coach and his assistants.

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“Romain Pitau, Pascal Baills and Frédéric Mendy were informed today of their layoffs as a precautionary measure of their functions within the men’s professional team”, announced the club in an official press release.


— MHSC (@MontpellierHSC) February 7, 2023

The last defeat is hard to pass. At 11 against 10 in Strasbourg for nearly an hour, Romain Pitau’s men failed to shake the nets (2-0). First victory of the season at La Meinau for Strasbourg, it’s the last straw.

Arrived last November on the Hérault bench to compensate for the early departure of Olivier Dall’Oglio, Romain Pitau will only have led 12 games for a mixed record (2 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses). A press conference will be held by President Louis Nicollin this Wednesday, February 8 at 3 p.m.

Shortly after this announcement, the newspaper The Team announced that the new coach of the club would be Michel Der Zakarian, back on the bench of the MHSC, which he had coached from 2014 to 2021 before leaving for Brest.


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