A swift return to Top 100 was announced last Friday with Lee Reynolds back in the world taking on the reigns at Bordeaux. Bordeaux is famous for it’s fine wines and the football club likes appointing fine English managers.
Ash Lupton lead the unfancied team to the Division 5 title last season and was coveted by a number of clubs before Valencia made the necessary approach to take him to Spain. Club owner Gerard Lopez was now in need of a new manager in what would be a very tough season in Division 4. After the success of Lupton he looked over the channel and turned to England yet again. With Reynolds past experience in Top 100 and the building blocks being built in Top 120 at Leeds, Lopez mind was made up.
A hastily arranged press conference took place on Friday with Reynolds unveiled to the waiting press. The conference was short and brief with Reynolds stating “he wanted to meet the players and cast an eye over the training session in preparation for the trip to PSV”.
Sunday’s first game under Reynolds ended in a 2-2 draw with surprise inclusion Cody Gakpo the bright young talent in the squad grabbing a late equaliser. “I saw some real positives, Corboda lead the well, Gakpo was a constant threat and Goulart playing off the front showed great intelligence. Defensively some work is required, we gave away a sloppy free kick for the first and the cross for the second goal should be cut out”, Reynolds gave in his interview after the game.
2 new signings have been added Russian international Zelimkhan Bakaev joining from Santa Clara and 18 year old Victor Lind coming in from Midtjylland described as one for the future.
With Fiorentina next in the first round of the Top 100 Cup tomorrow followed by Fenerbahce at home in the league on Thursday the games come thick and fast.