Officially presented to the press this Friday at 6 p.m., Vladimir Petkovic is the new coach of the Girondins de Bordeaux. Arrived to everyone’s surprise after seven years at the head of the Swiss selection, the 57-year-old technician arrives in a context of profound changes within the club in the scapular and will have the heavy responsibility of restoring confidence to the Bordeaux workforce, and to offer attractive football to renew the degraded link with FCGB supporters. Under the leadership of Gérard Lopez, recently appointed owner of the club, the former national coach embodies this new era with a tactical philosophy and specific management.
A new project begins in the Girondins de Bordeaux. In the grip of many conflicts opposing Girondins supporters to the previous management and author of a disappointing sporting record in recent seasons, the Bordeaux club aspires to a clearer horizon in the months to come. To do this, the wind of a new cycle is blowing around the Haillan. Inducted on July 23, Gérard Lopez – new owner of the FCGB – is gradually drawing the outlines of a staff ready to take on these new ambitions, namely Europe within three years.
Alongside Admar Lopes, the technical director, the Spanish-Luxembourg businessman has therefore decided to part ways with Jean-Louis Gasset and to give Vladimir Petkovic the responsibility for the football renewal among the Girondins. An unexpected arrival mixing questions and skepticism for the chief architect of the elimination of the Blues in the round of 16 of the Euro (3-3, 5-4 at the tabs).
Club experience to be confirmed
Unknown to the general public and not necessarily unanimous in his country, Vladimir Petkovic does not have a colossal CV at the head of a club. After contrasting beginnings in the Super League (the first Swiss division) whether at FC Lugano (15 wins, 8 draws, 13 losses) at Young Boys (79 wins, 20 draws and 32 losses in three seasons) then during his brief interim at FC Sion (1 victory in 4 matches), this Bosnian of Croatian origin also has an unflattering experience in Turkey with Samsunspor (5 wins, 8 draws, 14 defeats in the 2011-2012 season). His last experience at the head of a professional club finally dating back to his stint at Lazio Rome – the only prestigious club he has coached for the moment – between June 2012 and December 2013 with an Italian Cup at stake. . But the 9th place of the Laziale club after 18 days in Serie A had notably precipitated his departure.
A philosophy of play embodied
In Bordeaux, those who will celebrate their 58th birthday on August 15 will still be able to draw on a remarkable international experience. Succeeding Ottmar Hitzfeld, on the Nati bench, after the 2014 World Cup, the now ex-coach of Switzerland has demonstrated all his know-how. A follower of the offensive game and recognized for his ability to launch and develop young players, Vladimir Petkovic, of a discreet nature, has earned himself a real credit. With a record of 42 victories, 14 draws and 22 defeats, the great tactician of 1m90 therefore holds the record for matches directed at the head of the Nati (78) but will remain above all as the main architect of the most beautiful page of the history of Swiss football, written against the Habs last June.
In a seven-year period, this model of longevity in the land of watchmakers has gradually established its vision of football, allowing the Nati to considerably raise its level of play. With high pressing, “Vlado” wishes to see his team taken to the offensive. while trying to control the game as much as possible. A possession game which requires considerable effort from its players but which pays off (under his orders Switzerland scored 164 goals for 95 conceded). Thus, the new coach of the Girondins de Bordeaux attaches a lot of importance to rapid transitions in order to destabilize the opponent. By advocating rigor and combativeness, the one who was naturalized Swiss in 2003 never admits defeat. Essential values at the dawn of the attractive Bordeaux project.
And if the summer transfer window is far from over and the lines will certainly move by then for the Girondin workforce, Vladimir Petkovic also arrives with a preferential tactical system and perfectly oiled playing ambitions. A well-known scheme of a certain Loris Benito that he will find at the FCGB after having had the confidence of the Swiss tactician for his debut with the Nati: “I have known him for a very long time, when he coached the Young Boys (2008-2011)”, confided the defender to The team, before the Euro. “At the time, he was already passionate about 3-4-3 or 3-5-2. He is also very attracted to the Italian school. He is passionate about possession, with a very structured organization. He likes to have the ball in his feet, so we rarely play long. If he wants a solid defense, we have a lot of freedom on the offensive plan. “
Psychology at the heart of management
The arrival of a new method confirmed by François Moubandje (31), Swiss international and former TFC player: “He is someone who likes the game, takes risks and who knows how to give a lot of confidence to his players. He will follow his ideas through, even if it means dying with them. He has an authoritarian side. When things don’t go well, he’s going to dot the i’s. But he also knows how to be relaxed, discuss and laugh with the players. “ Because beyond the purely tactical aspect, Vladimir Petkovic is characterized by his own management.
Holder of training as a psychologist and social worker, which he followed alongside his training as a coach at the time, the new strongman of the Girondins pays particular attention to the emotional management of the group. Close to his players, he wants above all a common adhesion of his workforce to the ideas he seeks to put in place. Correct communication is also present outside, especially during press conferences where he only focuses on football while protecting his players as much as possible.
An emotional approach that had also marked Lorik Cana, passed through Lazio: “I remember a great person on a human level. He is very close to his players and he knows how to rely on the most experienced. He is someone who knows how to keep his group alive but, beware, he is uncompromising on respecting the rules. “ Proximity, confidence, ambition, rigor are all necessary assets that Vladimir Petkovic has at his disposal to instill this long-awaited renewal among Bordelais in the grip of decay in recent months.