Gillot: Bordeaux move is my priority
Wantaway Sochaux coach Francis Gillot has set his sights on taking charge at Bordeaux, labelling the prospect "my priority".
The 51-year-old has told the Montbeliard club he wants to leave this summer, despite having guided the team into the UEFA Europa League and having a year left on his contract. Bordeaux has been mooted as a possible destination and Gillot revealed in a telephone interview with French newspaper Sud Ouest that negotiations were under way and he would relish the challenge.
Asked if he would be interested in the post, he replied: "Who would not be? Bordeaux is one of the best clubs in France. Nothing is done for the moment. Negotiations are under way with my agent but I agree that I would like to come. I have a good feeling and I work a lot on intuition.
"I have one year left of my contract. We'll see if the club will release me, but this should not be a problem. My wish is to leave. I do not want to stay for too many years after three-and-a-half seasons. I am leaving many friends but I feel it is time. I have set myself on Bordeaux. It is my priority."
Gillot has been in charge of Sochaux since 2008 and guided the team to a fifth-placed finish in Ligue 1 this season. Their 4-0 win at the Stade Chaban Delmas on 7 May spelt the end of Jean Tigana's reign at Les Girondins' helm, prompting Eric Bedouet to oversee the final three weeks of the season as caretaker.
Making plans already
"I do not want to judge Bordeaux on what I saw when I came with Sochaux," he said. "It was a bad game - it can happen to everyone." Despite having not yet been released from his contract at the Stade Auguste Bonal, Gillot already seems to be looking ahead about what the future could hold at Bordeaux.
"I have no preconceived idea or team in my mind yet," he said. "What interests me is the project over one, two or three years. It takes work, consistency, good players and a good atmosphere every day. And patience. Then we will take stock.
"It's always complicated to announce targets. The less we talk, the less problems there will be. In Ligue 1, there is very little to separate the teams - a bad run and you find yourself down; a good run and you're up."