Tigana motivated by show of faith
Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana claims he is as motivated as ever to continue in the role after his resignation was rejected. Les Girondins confirmed yesterday that they had not accepted the 55-year-old's offer to stand down, which came with the club only just in the top half of Ligue 1.
"Jean submitted his resignation, which we of course rejected," said Nicolas de Tavernost, president of French television group M6, which owns the club. "We started a project and an adventure with him, and we wish to complete it with him.
"To make things very clear and precise, we remind everyone that he has the sole responsibility of the professional team. We are pleased with this outcome."
And Tigana, who replaced Laurent Blanc at the helm in May 2010, believes things will be better now he knows he has the "full trust of everyone".
"I offered my resignation because I thought I was holding the club back," he said. "I cannot be a hindrance. I am one of the coaches who likes to move forward.
"Jean-Louis Triaud and Nicolas de Tavernost showed me that I was not holding the club back and we could continue to work together. I am always motivated to lead Les Girondins - even more now that I have full trust of everyone."
Tigana, whose side relieved some of the pressure with a 3-0 home win over Auxerre on Saturday, added: "After the match against Lorient (a 5-1 defeat on 19 February) and some difficult games, I had a doubt. But that is in the past and we must go to the next game."
Asked if the doubt could have any effect, he replied: "Not at all. Instead, once things are clarified, it is much better."
Tigana's contract expires in summer 2012, and club president Triaud has not ruled out an extension. He said: "At the moment, there remains a year and a few months to run.
"So why not three, why not four? We will see according to the desires of Jean. We will [first] try to finish the current season well."