Press conference

Digard: ‘A very united squad’

Didier Digard fronted up to the media following OGC Nice’s 3-1 win over Lyon at Allianz Riviera on the 38th and final matchday of the 2022-23 Ligue 1 season.

You must be happy to finish on such a positive note, a great win, and a dominant performance from your team tonight… 
Yes, I'm very happy because, once again, we've shown the spirit of this squad. We had a lot of players missing, but other players have stepped up and put in a lot of effort. We also learnt this morning that JC (Todibo) was also out, so we adapted, changed our system... Antoine (Mendy) got injured, so we changed our system again at half-time... The players are in an exceptional frame of mind and they gave everything right to the end, so I'm very proud.

There were highs and lows this season, but the team spirit was always beyond reproach. Is that something you’ll take away from this campaign? 
Obviously, we didn't do everything right. There were some very difficult moments, but what I liked was that I always felt we were a very united squad during those times. I think that's the foundation of everything. We all have to be pulling in the same direction to move forward. And today, that's what I feel when I look at this group of players.

You haven’t decided on your future yet. Do you want lock things in quickly?
I'd like to know as soon as possible but, to be honest, I don't really know what the situation is, so I can't make any demands. I can't make any definitive plans. The most important thing is the work we've accomplished. I'm very happy today, and whatever happens will happen. I'm very proud of what the coaching staff and the squad have achieved. We've come 4th in the time we've been working together. I think that's what this squad deserved and should have achieved.

You recorded six wins against sides in the top seven places. That shows that perhaps Nice could have been one of those teams…
It was obviously in the back of my mind and I would have hoped that Clermont didn't win tonight. Then it would only have been Paris who beat us out of all the teams above us on the table.  Otherwise, we've actually beaten all the teams ahead of us (Lens, Marseille, Rennes, Lille, Monaco and Lyon) so that shows we're capable of playing at an very good level. You can also say to yourself that this isn't normal and that we should have done better against the teams behind us. That's what consistency is all about, that's what being demanding means, approaching every game in the same way. We'll always find areas for improvement.

Are you meeting with the Board soon to discuss your future?
Yes, we have a meeting, but I honestly can't say what it's about. We all have a meeting, and we always have to take stock at the end of the season, to see what we've done well and what we haven't done so well. But I haven't been told whether any decisions will be taken as a result. I'm not worried.