Francis Gillot used his final press conference of the season at Stade Chaban-Delmas to look back over his three seasons with the Girondins and announce the end of his time in Bordeaux.
"It was kind of the supporters to give me that reception. I've always got on well with the fans, so it's not too much of a surprise. They recognise the work I've put in, and I recognise the support they've given me over these past three seasons, even if this last year has been difficult. My backroom staff have worked as hard as possible, we've given it our all. We haven't had the success we would have hoped for this season, but we can be proud of what we've achieved.
I hope the next manager will have more luck, obviously. We're delighted to be leaving on good terms with the supporters, the directors and the staff at the club. It's been a great three years. We can be proud of the way things have gone at the club. We're leaving on good terms with everybody, and that's rare enough to be worth pointing out. The name going around at the moment is Zidane, an international star. Which just goes to show that this is a big job. I'm proud to have done that job for three years. I hope this will be a new start for Bordeaux. I wish the new manager ever success. I think three years is the right time for me to call it a day.
We've had two European campaigns, a total of 18 Europa League matches, and we won the Coupe de France. My only regret is the way things have gone this season. We would have liked to do better. After a while it became a question of damage limitation. We're finishing the season in seventh place, and it could have been a lot worse with the injuries we've had. At Christmas we were in 4th place, but that was before the injuries to Cheick Diabaté, Jussiê, Henri Saivet etc. We didn't get the chance to give it our best shot, and that's the one thing I regret. But it's been a wonderful experience."