In late May, Elsner started to find himself a hot commodity in France with SM Caen and Clermont both requesting interviews. Elsner was excited for the opportunity to return to France. Supporters from both clubs were anxious to hear that Elsner was named their manager. However, SM Caen decided to hire veteran manager Alain Casanova from Toulouse FC. Supporters were outraged to hear the news, Elsner was shocked as the interview went extremely well and both sides shared a common vision.
The very next day Clermont announced they had agreed to terms with Pascal Dupraz to be their next manager, leving Elsner in the cold once again. Elsner was not disappointed by the news, in fact he expected it after challenging the club's vision during the interview. Clermont simply was not willing to compromise.
On June 1, AS Saint-Etienne President Roland Romeyer asked Elsner to discuss possibility of becoming their next manager. Elsner was flattered and agreed to meet later that day. Elsner impressed Romeyer and they both shared a common vision, the squad needed to get younger. On the 4th of June it was announced that Elsner has been hired as the new manager of ASSE, replacing 67 year old Christian Gourcuff.
A chance to manager one of the most successful clubs in France and a true fallen giant. What better way to resurrect Elsner's career than try to bring them back to the top. I always envisioned this career heading into France at some point, hopefully remaining here for the rest of his career but let's see how things evolve.
Oh and by the way, Schalke finished the season in 7th place - failing to qualify for the Europa League after replacing Elsner with Jeff Saibene. Karma at it's finest.
I do not remember seeing an older squad in FM...
That said there are some good pieces here and a lot of old players with contracts expiring at the end of next season that we have no intent of keeping around. It will be a busy summer for sure, with a complete squad overhaul expected.
A familiar name, Matthias Normann who played for Elsner at Union SG is in the squad. He was impressive two years ago before getting injured.
Samuel Grandsir has a lot of attention from around Europe, we need to lock him down asap. However, a nice fee would be okay to start the retooling of this squad.
At Goalie, veteran Stephane Ruffier is still anchoring the position with Denis Scherbitsky able to fill in nicely. Also, a youngster to be groomed in Stefan Bajic who had an impressive season at OHL in Belgium.
Almost every other position will see some movement...