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Adrian Ursea returns to Le Gym


November 6, 2019

Adrian Ursea returns to Le Gym

Adrian Ursea (52 years old), Lucien Favre‘s assistant coach between 2016 and 2018, has returned to OGC Nice. The coach will bolster Patrick Vieira’s coaching staff.

When he left the club in summer 2018, he declared “that he wasn’t saying goodbye, but rather see you soon”, as he stood alongside President Rivère, who stated “that Adrian would always be at home in Nice.” On Wednesday, the coach returned home, to the place where his expertise, professionalism and his team spirit left nothing but good memories both on and off of the pitch.

When I left, I said that the club suited me perfectly, in the way that it is structured, the way that it works, the way that it develops: I still think that. I was convinced that we would be reunited once more, and now it has happened. I am delighted and extremely proud. My relationships with the President (Jean-Pierre Rivère), Julien (Fournier, Director of Football) and all of the members of the club have always been good. I know the coach, the coaching staff, the team and the environment. I want to thank Servette (where he was managing the U21s, Editor’s note), a club that I am equally attached to. Now, I can’t wait to begin working and to continue my story with OGC Nice.

In Nice, Adrian will rejoin Fred Gioria (assistant coach) and Lionel Letizi (goalkeeping coach), and alongside Christian Lattanzio (assistant coach), Kristian Wilson (performance coach) and Matt Cook (fitness coach) will form Patrick Vieira’s coaching staff.

We want to structure the club to take us up a level, explained Julien Fournier, Director of Football at OGC Nice. In recent weeks, we have added to several technical areas of the club because we have the ambition to be even more detail-centric, more demanding and to perform better. One of the departments that we are reinforcing in is our video analysis department, and to develop this, we thought of Adrian, who is a true professional and knows the club well.” An opinion that is shared by Les Aiglons’ Head Coach: “I am delighted that he has come back. He is a quality coach. The objective is to be even better prepared and in the end, to continue to grow, basing our growth on expertise and striving for excellence.