Toulouse finds the elite with ambition

Winner of Niort at the end of day 35 of Ligue 2, the TFC brilliantly endorsed his return to Ligue 1.

Party night. After a two-year absence from Ligue 1, Toulouse confirmed his return to the elite on Monday after his 2-0 success (dejaeghere goals 21and and Qnaiwu 78th) against Niort at the end of the 35and day of Ligue 2. Celebrated a comeback with a massive invasion of the pitch by the stadium crowd.

The TFC (for more than 24,000 spectators), with this 22and victory, will be guaranteed to finish in one of the first two places, synonymous with direct entry into the L1. Philipe Montanier’s players are 8 points ahead of Ajaccio and 11 points ahead of Auxerre and are aiming to establish themselves permanently in L1 thanks to the help of the new owner, the American fund Red Bird.

This is the second time that Toulouse has managed to climb back into the elite without wasting (too much) time: after its administrative relegation to National in 2001, the Toulouse club, then bought by Olivier Sadran, had two consecutive climbs on the chain.

The Sadran era had a sad epilogue with relegation in the spring of 2020, at the end of a nightmarish exercise (just three wins in 28 games) that was interrupted before the end by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the process, the former owner had decided to sell the club to the American investment fund Red Bird Capital, which arrived in the Pink City with great ambitions.

“Toulouse is a Ligue 1 club in Ligue 2,” has been repeated since new chairman Damien Comolli, the confidant of the American owners.

It will have taken two years to deliver on his promise, having failed last season to immediately bring forward the “Téfécé”, defeated by Nantes in the entry barrier (1-2, 1-0).

Second climb for Montanier

This return to the top is also a personal success for coach Philippe Montanier (57), former club keeper from 1994 to 1997, who had already elevated Boulogne-sur-Mer to L1 in 2009.

L2’s biggest budget (around 20 million euros) has been based on a fiery attack this season, the best in championship history since the introduction of the single pool in 1993-94, with 80 goals in 35 matches.

The TFC is now aiming for its third 2nd division championship title (after 1982 and 2003), which could be done quickly as it is eight points ahead of its runner-up, Ajaccio.

What role does he want to play next? “There’s no reason we shouldn’t be at the top of the Ligue 1 standings. I’m not talking about European places, I’m talking about the top 6-8,” chairman Comolli announced when he took over.

The US owners are planning to team up for the L1 and the budget should see a very marked increase.

Love Van den Boomen and Healey

The priority is to retain key players, including Dutch midfielder Branco van den Boomen, the figurehead of these attractive Violets.

Trained at Ajax and bought 350,000 euros from De Graafschap 2 years ago, in Dutch D2, he already has 20 assists and 12 goals to his name. Images that naturally attract desire.

Current top scorer in L2 with 20 goals, Englishman Rhys Healey could also be in demand, while the young shots trained at the club (defenders Bafodé Diakité and Anthony Rouault, midfielder Nathan Ngoumou) should be locked down by the leaders. †

Determined to take up his new goals, Toulouse, with a real popular enthusiasm for two years, should be quite active in the transfer market, with several positions to strengthen (left back, midfielder, central defender).

By continuing to rely on data, one of the great successes of the new management, with the signing of many players unknown at the time of their arrival and who have been very successful since then, such as Danish defenders Rasmus Nicolaisen (25) and Mikkel Desler (27 years ), the Japanese and Brazilian forwards Ado Onaiwu (26 years) and Ratao (26 years) or the Australian midfielder Denis Genreau (22 years).

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