Exit looms for Lacombe
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jean-Claude Plessis says Guy Lacombe could leave Sochaux in the summer.Sochaux chairman Jean-Claude Plessis has confessed that manager Guy Lacombe could depart in the summer.
Les Lionceaux have had their European hopes dashed in a nightmare week as they were dumped out of the Coupe de France by amateur side Nimes before slumping to ninth in Ligue 1 after defeat to Lens.
Plessis is disappointed at the side's recent run of form and indicated that should Lacombe choose to go he would not try and stop him.
However the Sochaux supremo also acknowledged that the current incumbent could stay at the club, and that any decision will have to factor in the potential departure of Lyon coach Paul Le Guen.
"Europe was an aim for the club and the fans," said Plessis.
"In a club there are cycles and we are reaching the end of one.
"To me, Guy Lacombe will leave as he wants to leave, he holds all the cards.
"I would like to know much more in two or three weeks, I have contacted no coach yet, and if Lacombe would choose to stay we won't commit suicide.
"He is a competitor and an honest man.
"I am annoyed to be vague, but we are all waiting with the musical chairs that will happen when Paul Le Guen will decide to leave or to stay at Lyon."
Lacombe's contract expires in 2006 and he has been linked with a number of alternative French clubs.
In other news Plessis also admitted that the club were unlikely to hold onto midfielder Wilson Oruma due to his excessive wage demands.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from Monaco, Paris Saint Germain and Toulouse.
"We made propositions six months ago but he is very demanding," Plessis explained.
"It is out of the question to double his wages, that's just not the way we do things."