Guest of the program Rothen lights up at RMC, the president and owner of Girondins de Bordeaux, Gérard López, took stock of the situation of his club, temporarily relegated to National 1 after passing the DNCG. If he seems to believe in it, it does not exclude a bad surprise. An interview that will be found in its entirety at 6 pm in RMC.
Guest of the program Rothen turns on RMC, the president and owner of Girondins de Bordeaux, Gerard Lopezreturned for a long time to the economic situation of the club, which He temporarily sends it to Nacional 1 after passing the DNCG. A situation that the Luxembourg leader claims to have foreseen.
“I put my hand in my pocket”
“We anticipate on several levels, he says. The first is that we knew the deficit and we knew how to fill it. I had promised to stay at the club even if we went to Ligue 2 and so on. That’s what I do. To put it vulgarly, I put my hand back in my pocket. “In total, he will have to invest 10 million euros in additional capital to cover part of the deficit of the Girondins.
“There is money that comes from the League (with relegation aid) and then there is about half that would come from sales, completes the president of Bordeaux. Sales we are quite sure to make them although now you will have to wait a bit. In all this context, there are guarantees that have already been given in the past and that exist until June 30. Also, they should be valid, but we will say that the lenders have a slightly different approach, and there it forced us all to get around the table for this famous guarantee.
“There are still 22 million to find”
Calculations made, Gérard López summarizes: “There are 22 million left to find.” A sum that should be covered largely by player sales, says the leader. “In fact, it always happens like this with the DNCG. All the clubs sell and what is needed is to give a guarantee on the sales. Before even making sales, you have to give a guarantee. And that’s where the biggest difference is.” has been.”
However, he does not want to step forward and promise that the Girondins will come out of it with flying colors. “Of course there is a risk of declaring bankruptcy. We are not going to say that there is no risk, she assures. As long as there is no agreement, of course there is that risk. Absolutely”. She also says that she does not have an agreement with her creditors to present things the right way during the appeal before the DNCG. “They said thatthere are conversations that are positive but there is still no agreement. If there was an agreement, I would be saying that we are more or less sure that it will turn out well.” But he assures him that his creditors do not want the club to disappear.
“The only way to work is through the athlete and to go up”
From a sporting point of view, Gérard López is convinced that a potential promotion in Ligue 1 would be the only option to raise the bar. “When we took over the club, it had huge losses, between €75m and €80m, it’s huge. We managed to cut costs last year, we’re still making a big cut now, but even making this cut, below that is almost impossible for the Girondins to work, so the only way to work is through the athlete and going up, that’s the goal.
The leader even claims that the Ligue 2 season has been planned “A lot of work has been done, many players have been analyzed and chosen, even with the coach. The idea is to put together a squad with players compatible with Ligue 2, with experience and character. We can’t wait for 19-20-year-old players to run the club. There are players who have made a moral and verbal commitment to us, but the situation complicates contracts”.
Invited to answer frankly about the possibility of the club staying against the DNCG, he concluded: “Are Girondins de Bordeaux in Ligue 2 today? In fact, the answer is no. Do Girondins de Bordeaux believe in that? Clearly yes. You don’t go through those moments if you don’t believe in it with strength like iron. You have to work to be there. I work there every day, I tell you that I will be there 100%. “