June 16, 2021

update on Ligue 1 before passing in front of the DNCG

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Postponed to the end of the month see the first half of July while waiting for the LFP and Canal + to agree on TV rights for the period 2021-24, the hearings before the DNCG could be very tense this summer. If the League is in direct exchange with the financial policeman of French football to allow clubs to benefit to the maximum from the aid provided by the State to deal with the crisis, there could still be damage. Recently, the Futdados website drew a parallel with the Brazilian situation. Overview.

They don’t have to worry

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Ligue 1: players at the end of their contract in 2021
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Frank McCourt (OM) returned to the pot.Credit Photo – Icon Sport

Clubs with a strong shareholder base have nothing to worry about. This is particularly the case of PSG, supported by QSI, from theIF where Frank McCourt has recommitted himself to investing in order to “put football at the center” of the debate, of theAS Monaco, supported by its tax system and its Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev, from Rennais Stadium with the Pinault family or theOGC Nice, supported by Jim Ratcliffe and the Ineos Company. These privileged clubs will pass the DNCG without restrictive measures.

This should also be the case for certain structured clubs, which, despite the difficulties arising from the health crisis and the withdrawal of Mediapro, are in a position to assume. We think in particular of theOL which has its own funds, powerful Chinese support and whose capacity for economic recovery is facilitated by its OL Vallée leisure industry. Thanks to its shareholder Joseph Oughourlian and to the efforts made by the players, the RC Lens begins a serene passage in front of the DNCG. The Mammadov years are far behind … Now supported by the City Group, theESTAC should no longer tremble before being auditioned by the French financial policeman. Finally, the Clermont-Foot, who is used to Ligue 2 budgets with a tight spending policy, should be able to assume his rise in the elite without batting an eyelid.

They will have to tighten their belts

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It is in Bordeaux that the great “tap dance” of the summer is played with the withdrawal of King Street.Credit Photo – Icon Sport

If the arrival of the Luxembourg group Merlyn Partners gave it air, the LOSC still has a heavy debt and is forced to give up many executives to restore its finances. Even being champion, the northern club reduces the wing to present a structured budget. At theAXIS, the sale of Wesley Fofana last summer put butter in the spinach and made it possible to complete the 2020-21 budget. It will undoubtedly take a big start (or a few small sales) for the Greens to go through the 2021-22 fiscal year calmly, but the rigorous treatment initiated by Claude Puel has been drastic for a year. The fact remains that the Caïazzo – Romeyer tandem, which does not roll on gold, will not be able to put the money back and that the arrival of a new shareholder is still far from being recorded. Given the loans taken out since 2018 and even if the deficit is rather well controlled over the season, the passage before the DNCG promises to be tense. We can fear a wage bill or a prohibition of recruiting for a fee.

And Montpellier does not roll on gold, Laurent Nicollin will assume the failure of the diffuser and return to the pot to balance. A reasonable project is expected in Hérault. Same message from Bernard Serin who has already announced that his FC Metz, due to a shortfall of € 30 million, will sell the bankable items (Farid Boulaya in the lead) and recruit smart. The SCO Angers by Saïd Chabane is in the same perspective and is looking to bring in shareholders by 2022. The final sale of Rayan Aït-Nouri to Wolverhampton (€ 22 million) will give air for the season. Managed by the financier Loïc Fery, the FC Lorient should pass the DNCG course without incident, but the record budget of 55 M € from the previous financial year was not renewed due to the losses caused. To have no worries, the Hakes are counting on a 2021-22 fiscal year between € 42 and € 47 million.

Probably obliged to give up his sure values ​​(Mbuku, Dia), the Reims stadium will continue its policy of international openness without spending a lot. Same project at Brest stadium where Grégory Lorenzi mainly looks at free players and hopes to make one or two good sales. Do not expect the same investments as last year in Armorique. By anticipating “as a good father” the sale of Mohamed Simakan, Marc Keller probably ensured the sustainability of the RC Strasbourg who will have to rebuild a project with limited means.

It is certainly THE sensitive case of the summer before the DNCG. Dropped by its American shareholder King Street, placed under the protection of the Bordeaux Commercial Court, the Girondins rely on their Ad hoc representative Frédéric Abitbol and the Rothschild bank to assess the projects of the various takeover candidates. Then charge to the lucky elected to convince the DNCG. At the instant t, the project is vague.

Since the arrival of Waldemar Kita, the FC Nantes never had the slightest problem to pass the course of the DNCG. The Franco-Polish businessman gave back to the pot when it was necessary over the Ligue 2 years, rebalanced sales and even repaid a little of his investment in the good years. Despite the popular vindictiveness and the departure of some sponsors, it should therefore pass … But with which project?

to summarize

Update on the situation of the 20 elite clubs before the passage in front of the DNCG. A summer of rigor is shaping up in France.

Alexandre Corboz