Julien Sablé named new reserve team coach

OGC Nice is delighted to confirm Julien Sablé (42) has taken charge of the reserve team. 

A former captain of the club, Julien Sablé has taken over the reserve team after Didier Digard was added to the first-team staff. Sablé has coached various junior category teams at AS Saint-Etienne and led their youth academy as well as enjoying two interim spells as first-team coach. He now returns to the Aiglons after a 10-year absence.

He joins with the goal of instilling his values and knowledge of OGC Nice - where he played 102 matches between 2009 and 2012 - to the younger generations. His arrival matches the will of Florent Ghisolfi to "reinforce the identity of the club with committed and competent people." "Julien is well versed in both the professional and grassroots levels of football. That will enable him to hit the ground running and have a positive impact in this crucial area, which is the link between the first team and the academy," OGC Nice's sporting director added.

"After strengthening the first-team staff, we're continuing that work at the academy," said CEO Fabrice Bocquet. "Julien's arrival contributes to the structure we want to put in place. He knows the club, and we would like to wish him a happy return to Le Gym."

"I talked a lot with the board as well as Manu Pires [youth academy director]. I'm going to work on this challenge with rigour and determination," said Julien Sablé. "I'm very motivated. I'm proud to come back to Nice. I've remained very attached to the club and its values. That, of course, counted. The professional challenge and the faith the board showed convinced me. Now, we're going to roll up our sleeves and get working to improve the position in the league, while also continuing to prepare the boys to take the step up into the first-team squad."