About the club
FC Nantes are a professional football club that ply their trade in the Ligue 1. They are one of the most successful teams in French football with eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins and one Coupe de la Ligue. The currently play at Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau which has a capacity of 38,128.
The last time Nantes won the title was in 2001 which is also the last time they played in the Champions League. The club has been responsible for break throughs by a number of French internationals over the years such as Mickaël Landreau, Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly, Jérémy Toulalan and Claude Makélélé.
Nantes finished in 12th spot last season, so the minimum requirements from the board would be;
A mid table finish
Develop the Leagues best youth System
You are also tasked with developing players using the clubs academy along with playing an entertaining band of football.
The club is also looking to build a new stadium in the next 5 years which could help achieve the clubs ambitions if the capacity is right.
The transfer war chest is set at £6.14 million but they did bring in a total of 11 players during the transfer window on permanent and loan deals.
Nantes have great training and youth facilities which means plenty of investment is still needed to make them the best in the country.
Squad and Formation
The team has 4 players who you can use as the backbone of your starting XI for years to come with 2 coming through the Academy and currently in on loan with 1 having the option to sign and the other signing at the end of the season.
Currently on loan at the club until June 2021 and can join permanently at any point in that spell for £6 million which is an offer that needs to be taken up with him already being the best keeper at the club and he is only 20. He has the potential to be the next French No.1 along with the clubs No.1 for more than a decade.
A Ball Playing Defender who has come through the youth ranks who has the potential to be the start of something special at the club and should progress to be a regular in the national team.
A central play maker who came through the clubs academy who has aspirations in captaining the club one day. He could be a key midfielder for the club going forward who might realise his dream with a leadership course or two.
Currently on loan from EA Guingamp after their relegation last season and will be joining the club permanently at the end of the season for £7 million. At 21 he already has 4 seasons of experience in Ligue 1 and will form a midfield partnership for years to come with Louza hopefully.
With the squad that we have then we will be looking to control the possession and we will also be looking to play with a CDM to help soak up some of the attacks coming our way by helping out the defence.
1. Team Chemistry may be a problem initially with many of the squad players being new and you could let crucial points slip away by the time the squad gels.
2. The squad lacks depth and quality in a number of positions. The club requires a new Left Back, Wingers for both sides of the pitch and a Striker capable of getting goals every week.
3. May lose a few good young players at first if bigger clubs take notice and come in with bids until they can be guaranteed European football and challenging for silverware in France.