The Angers club announced on Tuesday that it was separating from Abdel Bouhazama, long in charge of training and ephemeral coach of the Ligue 1 red lantern, dismissed from his post in early March after sexist remarks.
“Angers SCO thanks Abdel Bouhazama for his investment and his involvement over the past 10 years in the club and wishes him the best for the rest of his career”, added the club in a press release announcing “the end of their contractual relations”. .
Arrived in Angers 10 years ago, Bouhazama, 54, was in charge of the training center and the reserve team for a long time before taking over as head of the first team when Gérald Baticle was sacked at the end of November.
First appointed on an interim basis and then confirmed in his post, he was unable to slow down the infernal spiral of a club which already has 23 defeats in 31 league matches and whose relegation to Ligue 2 could be official the next day. , as he hosts Paris SG on Friday.
And his weak credit evaporated in early March when he sought during a pre-match chat to encourage a player being prosecuted for sexual assault by downplaying the facts, shocking his locker room and beyond.
The Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League (LFP) sanctioned him with a one-month suspension for these remarks. A symbolic measure since he had been removed from his coaching position in the wake of their revelation in the press, while remaining an employee of the club.
Long reputed as a solid club, far from glitter and scandals, Angers is having a disastrous sporting season, now under the leadership of Alexandre Dujeux, former assistant to Baticle and then to Bouhazama.
And for more than three years, the SCO has been collecting extra-sporting setbacks, between recourse to the labor courts of former players or employees and prosecutions against its president and owner, Saïd Chabane, for aggravated sexual assaults and more recently for gang money laundering. organized. At the end of March, Saïd Chabane left the presidency of the club and gave way to his son Romain.