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Omar Daf dots the i’s. This Monday evening, the FC Sochaux coach actually sent a press release to L’Est Républicain to explain the latest rumors concerning his possible departure to Dijon, as well as to respond to the comments of his general manager Samuel Laurent. Yesterday, the manager mentioned in particular a “feeling of betrayal” felt towards his technician, approached at the DFCO despite a year of contract still to be respected on the side of Bonal. “In recent days, I have read interviews with Samuel Laurent questioning my integrity as well as my attachment to FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, begins Omar Daf. I did not want to spread our differences in the public square in order to protect the FCSM institution, as I have always done. But the latest contradictory and misleading statements about me force me today to express myself to restore the truth”, he adds.
“Management also sought to undermine my authority”
The Sochaux coach recalls first of all having been “in negotiations” throughout “recent months” for an extension, before a turning point experienced at the end of April. “These discussions resulted in an agreement. Strangely, since this period, management has not found the time to formalize this agreement with a contract drawn up and signed by all parties”, regrets the former defender who, “in no case”, then do not think of leaving the club at that time. But “from the end of the season, after our unfortunate elimination against AJ Auxerre as a pre-barrage for accession to the L1, the tone of the management towards me completely changed. Since then, the sports project has been done without taking into account neither my opinions nor my choices concerning both the arrivals and the departures of players within the framework of the next transfer window”, he indicates.
“The management also sought to undermine my authority on several occasions”, also denounces the Senegalese, finally “not really surprised by this attitude, which nevertheless touched me deeply.” Omar Daf thus acknowledges having “been approached by several L1 and L2 clubs. Even if it has never been my priority to get there, unfortunately today I feel in the situation of a coach kept at a distance from the sports project and pushed out by its management. Therefore, I have to consider all the options”. And Omar Daf concludes curtly: “I will in no way tolerate people lending me false words or acts. Over the course of the season which has just ended, I understood that collaboration with my management would be complicated because we do not share the same values or the same ethics.” The next discussions promise to be tense in the Doubs…