The idea had occurred to him. A little more maybe. A few days after the crazy victory in the final of the Coupe de France against Nice in early May at the Stade de France (1-0), Antoine Kombouaré had implied that he could take a step back and leave Nantes.
A club he joined in February 2021 to save him from relegation but where relations with its president Waldemar Kita could spark. Finally, according to information from L'Équipe, coach Kanak will honor his last season of contract on the bench of FC Nantes.
The former PSG player and coach, who met his president earlier this week, was undoubtedly reassured by his leader's speech. After taking the time to reflect, Kombouaré, 58, therefore agreed to re-enlist. For the greatest pleasure of the people of Nantes.
Antoine Kombouaré will now have to imagine and build a team to play on four different tables next season. Thanks to its victory in the Coupe de France - the second on its list after that won with PSG in 2010 -, Nantes will indeed add to its program for the coming months the Champions Trophy - against PSG on Sunday July 31 at Bloomfield Stadium. of Tel Aviv (Israel) - and the Europa League.
According to L'Équipe, participation in this European competition would have had a significant influence on the coach's decision. The desire to guide the Canaries on the European scene was "too strong" believes the sports media. Known for his strong character but also for being emotional and a builder, Kombouaré probably could not leave his players before such an adventure and after having lived such a strong moment with the Coupe de France.
A major project now awaits him since several Canaries should fly to other destinations this summer. Randal Kolo Muani has already signed in Frankfurt, Ludovic Blas and Alban Lafont are also on the way out.