Jean-Pierre Papin pourrait finalement quitter le C

Jean-Pierre Papin could finally leave C’Chartres Football, a possible return to OM

There will probably be no official farewell ceremony this Saturday, May 21, after the final home game of the season against Vannes. But, against all odds, this may be the very last time that C’Chartres Football supporters will see Jean-Pierre Papin settle on the sidelines of the Jacques-Couvret stadium. After two seasons at CCF, the 1991 Ballon d’Or would be on the way, according to our information. An unexpected turnaround.

“Of course I’m going to stay, the question does not even arise! At the beginning of May, when the last hopes of a climb to the National had just vanished, JPP had dispelled any doubts. At the end of the contract, the coach had announced his intention to continue the adventure for a third season in a row with the CCF. “When I agreed to come, my goal was to raise Chartres to the National and I will do everything to get there. I have one year left to complete the challenge. »

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Twenty days later, things have changed and his future no longer seems certain to be written on the banks of the Eure, where he has always said he likes it. The coach did not confirm his departure, this Friday, May 20, repeating that he would still be Chartrain at the start of the school year. But it could be a matter of timing…

Rumors, very persistent, do not send Jean-Pierre Papin to Bordeaux, even if he had recently confided that he would say yes to the Girondins in the event of solicitation. They bring him back to Olympique de Marseille, the club where he became a legend. An icon. His presence in the bays of the Vélodrome alongside Marseille president Pablo Longoria during the Europa League Conference semi-final return against Feyenoord Rotterdam on May 5, therefore no longer seems so insignificant…

Who to succeed him?

At 58, JPP would have received, in recent days, a proposal that cannot be refused. Exactly thirty years after his departure for AC Milan, he would not make his grand return to OM with the cap of head coach, but perhaps with responsibilities among young people.

In Chartres, he launched a few. His two seasons at CCF, with which he failed to win membership, allowed him to get back on the job after a five-year break and return to the circuit.

If the news is confirmed, Chartres will quickly have to look into the question of a successor. The most obvious track leads to Thierry Bocquet. Appointed JPP assistant for the winter break, the native of Drancy has already officiated at this level of N2 as number 1, in Poissy and Beauvais. Another solution would be the return of Jean-Guy Wallemme.

The Northerner, who had done a good job during the first two seasons of the CCF’s existence, from 2018 to 2020, has just been sidelined in Fréjus / Saint-Raphaël (N2). To see… But, before an arrival, there is a possible goodbye to savor.

Franck Thebault


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