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Discovering Gérald Baticle

Published on the 12 July 2011 à 13:15 by R.B/S.G

This is the new kid on the staff ... After a long playing career, he then turned to the training ground... He has come to OL to take up the position of assistant coach... An interview you can see in the programme Estivale from 19h00...

 

What's striking about Gerald when you see him for the first time, is the desire to talk, to exchange, to find out. He opens the door. He has a more then anecdotal resemblance to Cris. 42 years old in September, 14 seasons at the highest level as a player moving from Amiens to Auxerre and then Strasbourg, Auxerre, Metz, Troyes, Le Havre. 469 games and 114 goals with 80 coming in the L1 having moved back to the midfield after starting centre forward. One Coupe de France with AJA and a Coupe de la Ligue with Strasbourg. In 2005, he sat down for the first time on the bench with the youth teams at Auxerre and then that of Brest in 2008 in the L2.

What's striking about Gerald when you see him for the first time, is the desire to talk, to exchange, to find out. He opens the door. He has a more then anecdotal resemblance to Cris. 42 years old in September, 14 seasons at the highest level as a player moving from Amiens to Auxerre and then Strasbourg, Auxerre, Metz, Troyes, Le Havre. 469 games and 114 goals with 80 coming in the L1 having moved back to the midfield after starting centre forward. One Coupe de France with AJA and a Coupe de la Ligue with Strasbourg. In 2005, he sat down for the first time on the bench with the youth teams at Auxerre and then that of Brest in 2008 in the L2.

Without a club after his eviction from the Stade Brest, he completed his DEPF before moving to Canal + as a consultant on English football. He arrived in Lyon in June to care of the u19’s before joining Rémi with the pros. It was at Zell am See one evening during the OL training camp. A long story told with passion by the native of Picardie, demanding with himself before being with others, who acknowledges being a little impatient, a little bit of a dreamer... A Picard who has never gone as far south to work. "Lyon ... it’s the Riviera ..."

His arrival in football and his definition of the sport

"I was born into it. My father was a baker, played midfield in the club of the village. And we played with my brother every day. He kept crossing the ball to me that I tried to hit the garage door with. Football is a passion first and foremost. It fact, it has always been part of my life. It is also a meeting place. And since the age of 19, it became my profession. It takes up all my time without considering that I make sacrifices for him. I have no more time to anything else, even if I like skiing for example, or if I am interested in many other sports. "

His clubs in a nutshell

"Amiens? This is the club of my hometown, the club of my heart with my friends from childhood. It allowed me to show what I can do. Auxerre? The professionalism, attention to detail instilled by Guy Roux. Strasbourg? Wholeness, trust in me and my partners. I turned a corner. I was captain for 3 years. Metz? The recovery after a messed up return to Auxerre. Metz took me as a striker, to help them stay up. Troyes? A difficult season, a disappointment. It never took. Individual and collective disappointment. Le Havre? Pleasure knowing that it was the end of my career. I took advantage of every moment. I had great fun with a young squad. A great way to finish"

His career in short

"A lot of fun. Beyond the trophies, the most important things were the human relationships with different groups. The important thing is also what is left. All this made me grow in times of joy and difficulty."

Striker and midfielder

"It was Guy Roux, who put me in this position just before a match for which Dutuel had to forfeit at the last minute. There is more pleasure in scoring. There is a pleasure to do so. After the midfield is the pleasure of serving others."

A coach

"Guy Roux as a player and then to enter the profession of coach."

A partner

"There are many. I would say Franck Verlaat who is also a friend. "

An opposing defender

"Marcel Desailly with whom duels were tough but fair."

Manager

"I saw all my coaches and it became clear that I would do this job while it was not obvious at the end of my career. This is not completely the same pleasure that you have as a player. After the Auxerre youngsters, I went to Brest during the season. It was too soon. I did not choose my group. I should have done otherwise. A great experience despite a hasty departure. I had to digest this episode. I tried to understand what had happened. I asked myself questions. Then I finished my DEPF. "

Consultant Canal+

"It allowed me to see another job in football to see the relationship between the media and the coaches, players. I expanded my range of knowledge. And I had fun with this English football. It did me a great deal of good because I could not stand doing nothing. I'm returned to the pitch in another way. "

His arrival at OL

"I was supposed to take care of the u19’s and then with the changes, Rémi asked me to join him to take part in this human adventure"

His role

"I am an assistant with Bruno, Jo, Robert. Our role is the design and animation of training sessions. There is a great deal of discussion. We mustn’t walk over each other. I will deal with specific attackers also and I will also be in charge of supervision of the opponents. An assistant is closer to the players than the head coach. There are fewer barriers. "

Remi Garde

"An upright person, very direct ... A good guy in the broad sense of the term"