Saïd Chabane, the president of SCO Angers, initially did not want to speak but his relief outweighed his reservations. According to the vision of the glass half full rather than half empty, he is satisfied to see that French football has avoided an even greater catastrophe.
Canal + will therefore broadcast French football until the end of the season, but at a fairly low price. What do you think ?
SAID CHABANE. It’s still good news when you think that the day before, we were faced with a great void wondering what was going to happen. Let’s not rejoice, of course, but breathe. But, at the same time, if we are only relieved, it is because we have not understood anything.
That is to say ?
You have to think like a business leader. We escaped total bankruptcy but all the problems remain. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this. Our model is no longer suitable. It costs too much and our expenses are far too important. For a long time, we only reasoned about an increasingly important budget. A lot of things will have to be rebalanced in the coming months. But at least we’ll be able to finish the season. But everything will have to be changed. You couldn’t increase certain things indefinitely, thinking that the TV rights would make up for everything.
Did you really fear that Canal + would make no offer?
I always bet on intelligence. There, the dialogue had never been broken and, despite some friction, we continued to talk to each other. It was a sign that no one wanted all-out war. At one point, you have to know how to come back to the table. Of course, we would have liked better but, at some point, you have to know how to remain lucid.
Vincent Labrune, the new boss of the Professional Football League, has he behaved well in this story?
Absolutely. I say it all the more that when he showed up [à l’élection], I had not voted for him. But I want to say, when you see how everything got wrapped up around French football: luckily he was there.
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