Ligue 1: David Linarès, the coach who can save Dijon?

A big cleaning was foreseeable in Dijon, 20th in Ligue 1, and it intervened in early November. Coach Stéphane Jobard, 3 points in nine games, zero wins, was fired, followed by sports director Peguy Luyindula. To raise the bar, President Olivier Delcourt chose David Linarès, 45, 15 years of presence at the club, who was Jobard’s assistant.

Interim the space of a match in Metz (1-1), Linarès scored an encouraging first point just before the international break, before being confirmed in the post, for two and a half years.

Is this a default choice? Yes, considering the range of coaches that the Dijon president would have approached beforehand: Bernard Blaquart, Rémi Garde, Jocelyn Gourvennec, Erick Mombaerts, Franck Passi… No, in view of Linares’ profile. “Often, we take a coach away from home in this kind of situation, generally without much result, estimates Florent Balmont, 40, Téléfoot consultant, close to Linarès for having started alongside him at OL and worked under his leadership. in Dijon until last season. In my opinion, it’s better to take someone who carries the values ​​of the club and will know how to operate the right levers. “

Champion of France 2002 with Lyon of Anderson, Coupet, Govou or Luyindula, the former defensive midfielder, trained at the club, is surprisingly not renewed in the wake of the title. An aborted contract with Aston Villa followed and two inconclusive experiences in Troyes, then Tenerife. He finally landed in Dijon, in Ligue 2, in 2005, where then coach Rudi Garcia relaunched him.

He has coached at all levels

After six seasons, the player began his reconversion in Dijon in 2010. Linarès coaches and trains all the way: the women’s team, the “19 years” and even a 3 senior team, champion of Burgundy DH (R1) in 2013 After that, he was elevated to the rank of assistant to the pro team, number 2 successively Olivier Dall’Oglio, Antoine Kombouaré and Stéphane Jobard.

“He’s a simple person, without exuberant pretensions, easy going,” said Philippe Violeau, his ex-teammate at OL. His career as a coach reflects his career as a player: a shadow worker, who works, learns, progresses and, at one point, becomes champion of France and plays the Champions League. Without making noise but by gaining its place little by little. “

“I hope to show that I have the stature for this position,” said the person concerned. Coaches have marked me throughout my career, like Jacques Santini, Bernard Lacombe or Rudi Garcia here. I also have my personal sensitivity, my way of understanding football. Talent makes the difference, but it cannot be separated from the state of mind. Playing football without wanting to score goals is heresy. “

“Close to the players, listening, in the exchange”

Dall’Oglio validates Linarès’ career: “His ambition was built over the course of his retraining,” says the current Brest coach. An opportunity presented itself but it was thanks to this careful construction year after year that he felt able to take on the team, in an environment that he knows very well. “

“He was close to the players, listening, in the exchange, testifies Balmont. He also knew how to stay in his place and this is important. He has never fixed on the n ° 1 place. Successive coaches have never felt that he was soaping the board for them in his own interest. “

While leading Dijon, Linarès will work head-on towards his professional trainer’s diploma (BEPF). “It’s very demanding in terms of time and energy,” explains Dall’Oglio. This involves four days a month at Clairefontaine but above all a considerable amount of work the rest of the time. If I have any advice for him, it’s to have people in his staff… ”

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