Bastia have decided to end Claude Makelele's tenure as first-team coach of the club. They sit 19th, with two wins in 12 games.
After just 12 games of the new Ligue 1 season, former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has been removed as first-team coach of SC Bastia. It was the 42-year-old’s first job in charge of a team, previously he had served his apprenticeship under Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain and it will be interesting to see where the former France international ends up next.
It is easy to see why Makelele has lost his job. Bastia has only won two out of 12 games this season and the football has left a lot to the imagination. He lost the confidence of some of the players, falling out with young striker Gadji Tallo and of course there was the situation with Brazilian striker Brandao after he head-butted PSG’s Thiago Motta.
Brandao was signed to provide Bastia with more experience and physicality upfront, suspended at the end of the transfer window, before Makelele had a chance to try and sign a replacement; it put a burden on his tenure, before it had really started.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Makelele was philosophical about the future:
"The adventure stops. These are the hazards of the coaching profession. I accept that. I would like to thank the club for giving me confidence. It was a pleasure to lead this team. I am sure they will get out [of the bottom three] because there is quality. I know that SCB will remain in Ligue 1.
"The club explained their decision. I totally understand. These are the hazards of the job. It will strengthen me in this profession. With that, I'll learn even more and won't make the same mistakes in the future."
President Pierre-Marie Geronimi explained in a club video, why the decision was made:
"Given the results, it became important to do something. The decision was made Sunday night. It was served with Claude on Monday. It is important that the club finish the season in Ligue 1. Unfortunately, the results were not those we expected. Like everyone else, we will hope that the psychological shock works.”
You have to respect the chance that Bastia took, hiring an inexperienced manager for the job, but it clearly hasn’t worked, not all of them because of Makelele. However, the sword always falls on the coach first.
Last season Bastia had the fifth best home record in the league, this season they have only won one from six games. For that alone, unfortunately, Makelele had to go.