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Sunday 09 August 2020 at 12:00 – Article written by La Rédaction – React to this article

Relegated to National 2, Gazélec d’Ajaccio barely came close to administrative relegation to National 3. But after seeing his appeal accepted, the Corsican club intends to restart lower on solid foundations.

Gazélec d’Ajaccio has had a very dark season. And his epilogue could have turned to the descent into hell. The Corsicans saw the end of the championships buried their relegation to National 2. Because at the end of 25 days of National, the GAFC was in 17th place in the championship, synonymous with relegation. The club could have seen its misfortune worsen when the Federal Club Control Commission decided on June 30 to administratively relegate Gazélec to National 3, but the body ultimately reversed its decision after the club appealed.

Change of management, change of coach

The offseason was also animated by the overhaul of the club. Gazélec has had a facelift internally, both within its staff and within its management. Shareholders entered the club’s capital, including Mathieu Messina-Arrighi, the president. David Ducourtioux, former player and club captain, has been appointed head coach while Jérôme Le Moigne has been appointed sports director. For Christophe Ettori, the general manager, the ambition is clear: to get back up as quickly as possible.

And for this, the island club has been active on the transfer market with 9 arrivals, including those of Mathieu Guerbert, who arrives from Rodez (Ligue 2), Ludovic Gamboa from Dunkirk and Alexandre Gameiro from Nice. In the opposite direction, 6 players have decided to leave the club like Julien Anziani who joins Avranches or Dominique Guidi who signed with the neighbor of Sporting Bastia. It will therefore be a pivotal season for Gazélec, at the crossroads of its future, with the ambition to return to the peaks it encountered in 2015.

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