INEOS-owned Nice set to appoint Lens head coach Franck Haise


Franck Haise is close to becoming the new head coach of Nice after the INEOS-owned club reached an agreement with Lens for his appointment.

Nice have been searching for a new head coach following the departure of Francisco Farioli, 35, who will join Ajax on June 11. They are now expected to appoint Haise from their Ligue 1 rivals but a deal has not yet been finalised.

53-year-old Haise, who was appointed by Lens in 2020, has an impressive track record. He took Lens from Ligue 2 to this season’s Champions League, and he was awarded manager of the season in 2023 after a remarkable campaign that saw the northern French club finish second behind Paris Saint-Germain.

This will not be the first time that Nice have poached a member of the Lens staff. In October 2022, Nice appointed Florent Ghisolfi from Lens as their sporting director. He has though since departed, joining Roma this summer as their new technical director.

INEOS took over football operations at Manchester United in February and are currently conducting an end of season review which will determine Erik ten Hag’s future as manager.

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It has been a difficult to end to the season for Nice, who have lost both Farioli and Ghisolfi. The club were one of the early pace-setters in Ligue 1 and surprise challengers to PSG before Christmas. However, their form has dipped significantly since the winter period and they finished the season outside of the Champions League places in 5th.

Lens, meanwhile, have not been able to replicate the success of last season. They lost key players in the transfer market, notably Lois Openda to RB Leipzig and Seko Fofana to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

Lens secured a seventh-placed finish in Ligue 1 this season, securing qualification for the Europa Conference League. They face a difficult start to the summer without Haise, while they are also looking to appoint a new sporting director too.

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