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“The Standard executives look a little silly after saying no to Leye in June!”

It had been an open secret since yesterday afternoon. It’s official since this morning. Standard de Liège announced around 10 a.m. on its Twitter account the commitment of Mbaye Leye as main trainer, replacing the French Philippe Montanier, sacked on Saturday. The 38-year-old Senegalese knows Rouche well, having played there from 2010 to 2012 and having occupied the post of assistant coach last season.

Samuël Grulois contacted one of our consultants, Alexandre Teklak, which includes the commitment of the former striker who will start on the bench on Monday, January 11, at home, against Waasland-Beveren.

Alex, what about this choice?

“This is the best possible compromise for the Standard. They probed Franky Vercauteren who refused. But I believe their strategy was to go to someone who knew the core. This is a good solution. We had to go fast. Leye was a plaintiff. Contacts had already been established beforehand with Bruno Venanzi… In short, what is happening is therefore ultimately quite logical. Just as it makes sporting sense to have contacted an experienced coach before him. If the leaders had not done so, we could have blamed them. In the end, it didn’t drag on too long and that’s the main thing for Mbaye Leye and for the club. “

Pro or anti-Leye? Bruno Venanzi is above all a pro-Standard. From the moment he considers that Mbaye Leye has the profile to straighten out Standard, he decides to hire him, that’s all!

However, within the management, we do not seem really unanimous on the choice of Leye. President Bruno Venanzi would be pro-Leye unlike sports director Benjamin Nicaise …

“I think Bruno Venanzi is above all a pro-Standard. From the moment he believes that Mbaye Leye has the profile to straighten the Standard, he decides to hire him, that’s all!”

In the summer, we didn’t want Leye as T1 at Standard. When winter comes, we roll out the red carpet for him. So of course there are only fools who do not change their minds, but this turnaround is surprising!

“It’s true that from a strategic point of view, it’s a little weird! Suddenly, because there is a fire in the house, we call a faithful firefighter on duty. seeing that he was quoted insistently, it surprised me yes. I wonder what the leaders said to him when they called him? What justification did they use? None! They look a little silly compared to this situation, that’s for sure! “

We know the state of Standard’s finances. Clearly, a Leye “new to the profession” costs less, for example, than a Vercauteren “loaded with titles”. Is the former striker a cheap choice?

“From the moment the managers contacted Vercauteren, it was because they had the possibility of honoring his salary. I think they had the first ambition to hire a renowned coach. Apparently, Vercauteren did not refuse for financial reasons. But it is clear that the prices of a new trainer are not the same. Yes, that probably suits them financially. Which is also revealing and significant, and I find that it’s a great challenge for Mbaye Leye and for Standard, it’s the length of the contract, only six months. There will undoubtedly be new discussions later but in the meantime, during the next six months, the leaders can see come. They are in a rather advantageous position. “

The Standard players did not suddenly become goats! They have a lot of qualities. Leye is very smart, very intelligent. He knows very well that he will be able to achieve results with this nucleus!

A sign that he had dreamed of embracing this function for a long time, Leye obtained his coaching diploma when he was still a player. But starting at 38, without any T.1 experience, in a club like Standard in the midst of a sporting and financial crisis, isn’t that a poisoned gift?

“But Leye wanted this job! From the moment he was an applicant himself… You know, I don’t think Standard players suddenly became goats! They have a lot of qualities. In his job. As a consultant, Mbaye Leye has often repeated that Montanier had almost the same group on hand as the one he had led with Michel Preud’homme last season. In fact, with Montanier, there were some usage and management issues inside the kernel. Leye is very smart, very intelligent. He knows very well that he will be able to achieve results with this nucleus! “

We will have to wait for a press conference scheduled for Monday to have a first reaction from Mbaye Leye who despite split this Wednesday with a tweet in three words: passion, pride, fervor. He knows the history of Standard, he knows the demands of the public, he knows how to talk to them. With these three words, he already puts the supporters in his pocket, right?

“He knows how it works. He lived through the Preud’homme years during which the stadium often ignited in the last minutes of matches. He played a bit of politics when he arrived. He masters the communication aspect rather well because ‘he worked a lot on the other side of the fence as a consultant. He is used to these codes. Without good communication, it is difficult to have legitimacy. “

In jest Alex, here is one less consultant competitor on the market?

“Oh, I don’t know! I never considered my job as a consultant in that way. I have a very good contact with Mbaye Leye as with other former players. And so, it is completely to me. equal. Who knows, he might call me so that I can become his deputy (He is laughing) ! “

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