Galtier to leave Lille after leading club to league title


Lille head coach Christophe Galtier has informed the club that he will be stepping down, less than two days after he led the team to their first French league title in 10 years.

Galtier still has one year left on his contract but his departure was widely anticipated amid strong interest for his services from Nice, Lyon, and possibly Napoli.

Lille beat the odds to win their first French championship since 2011, edging defending champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) by one point as an enthralling title race ended on Sunday night.

“I simply have the deep belief that my time is up here,” he told L’Equipe.

Galtier, who was appointed in 2017, says he has received job offers from clubs including Nice and Lyon in France and Serie A’s Napoli.

The 54-year-old said he was moving on to avoid “falling into a routine”.

Galtier turned things around at the club after succeeding Marcelo Bielsa midway through the 2017/18 season. Lille just avoided relegation. They then finished second to PSG in his first full season.

Lille were fourth when last season was ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic, and on Sunday were crowned champions for the first time since 2011.

On the final day of the 2020/2021 season they beat Angers 2-1 to ensure they finished one point ahead of PSG.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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