eager to “change everything”, Bernard Laporte reveals his objectives and his plan

By Le Figaro with AFP


Bernard Laporte reveals the broad outlines of his action at the MHR. LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP

New director of rugby at the MHR, Bernard Laporte outlines the main lines of his action at the head of the red lantern of the Top 14 with Olympic Midday.

The former coach of the XV of France and ex-president of the French Federation Bernard Laporte wants “change everything” Montpellier, current red lantern in the Top 14 of which he is the new director of rugby, he ured Sunday to the specialized bi-weekly Olympic Midday . The MHR, which fell ahead of Perpignan (23-16) Saturday, made official Sunday morning the arrival of Laporte in the frame with, in his suitcases, Patrice Collazo, “new general manager to replace Richard erill», Specified the former coach of the Blues.

At the head of the FFR until January 2023, Bernard Laporte was forced to leave his chair during his second term, forced to resign after his sentence to two years in prison and a 75,000 fine on December 13, 2022 by the Paris criminal court, for having established a “corruption pact» with the owner of MHR Mohed Altrad, a pact linked in particular to the sponsorship of the French XV jersey. A decision he appealed. “With Mohed, we decided to change everything. My mission will be to support him, to support the players but, initially, to form a new staff“, said Laporte.

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I won’t be on the field, I’m not the one who will coach.

Bernard Laporte

Collazo, just arrived from Brive, will arrive with Vincent Etcheto, who will take care of three-quarters. Two characters with strong character… “And that’s good ! I like people with strong characters. To be a good technician, you need character and convictions about the game. They are also overflowing with energy and it is necessary to relaunch the club in this merciless race that is the Top 14», he says. Furthermore, the duo composed of Christian Labit and Antoine Battut will be in charge of the forwards. Richard erill and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde are leaving, but “Jeremy Valls will continue to take care of the kicking game and Benson Stanley of defense“.

I won’t be on the field, I’m not the one who will coach. I’m not old enough for that anymore, especially since it’s been over eight years since I last did it.», added the former Secretary of State for Sports, who will nevertheless be in Montpellier every day. “I couldn’t see myself committing half-heartedly. I will be there every day“, he ured. What objective? “Give me time to arrive. We must find a conquering state of mind, enthusiasm, the taste of victory. Don’t worry, the MHR will move up in the rankings“, he summarized, adding that the Hérault club “does not have the squad to be last in the Top 14“.

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