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THE INTRODUCTION: Club Analysis

Welcome to the latest instalment of my journey with Stade Rennais F.C. Last time out, I took you through my introduction which outlined the way I want to play and a little about the analytical side of the game. In this update I'll give you a brief overview of Stade Rennais.

The Introduction | Club Analysis

I’ve spent a long time poking around the various details of the club, so let’s dive straight in and see what we’re dealing with here.

Bienvenue au Stade Rennais FC

Stade Rennais Football Club, commonly referred to as Stade Rennais FC, Stade Rennais, Rennes or simply SRFC, is a French association football club based in Rennes. Competing in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football, the club plays its home matches at the Roazhon Park, located within the city.

Thank you, Wikipedia. I promise that’s the one and only copy and paste in this post.

Founded in 1901, Stade Rennais are yet to lift the ultimate prize in French football. I don’t think it’s fair to put that down as one of our objectives because the financial power of PSG makes that an almost impossible task.

With a media prediction of an 8th placed finish, I think it’s fair to say that the first season will be one for learning about the club and the players so that we can have a full summer building the squad to challenge for those Europa League places.

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League positions are not too bad, but it would be a success if we could become a regular top-four team and perhaps even push for a title challenge. Realistically, not getting a battering week in and week out would be a nice start.

It would also be nice to get the better of fierce rivals, Nantes!

CLUB VISION

Fortunately, the club does not have any particular playing styles that I need to adhere to. Which is a good thing because it means I can play my own style.

The only objective to meet the club culture is to develop players using the club’s youth system. Which should be pretty easy to achieve as that’s one of my own personal objectives, too!

In terms of the 5-year plan I’ve been asked to;

  • maintain the clubs current global reputation,
  • maintain the best youth system in the country, and
  • work within the wage budget.

The current season objectives are to;

  • reach the second knockout round of the Europa League, and
  • finish mid-table in the league.

CLUB FACILITIES

I’m very lucky to have some fantastic facilities at Stade Rennais, and I cannot wait to get stuck in and taking advantage of them.

The club plays their matches at Roazhon Park. It is a small yet intimidating stadium with the seats virtually on the pitch. Seating 29,194 fans there’s scope to increase this should we bring some success to the club.

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In terms of the rest of the facilities, they look like this:

  • Corporate facilities: Good
  • Data analysis facilities: Basic
  • Training facilities: Excellent
  • Youth facilities: Excellent
  • Youth recruitment: Adequate
  • Junior coaching: Good

Overall, considering our status in France, the facilities are great, however, with our board expecting us to develop youth for the first team, we will want to increase our youth facilities and recruitment, as well as our junior coaching. These three things impact the quality of the youth players (newgens) coming through the system.

THE FINANCES

The finances are solid, with just under €50m in the bank on day one. The €31m sale of Ismaïla Sarr to Watford filling the coffers. Although I would have preferred him to still be at the club.

Since there will be no transfers this window, we can assume the squad we have now will be the one going into the season.

We are at the limit of our wage budget: €510k per week.

Our scouting budget is a modest €541k per year which affords us the upper tier of European scout packages for both youth and senior players. Looks like I’ll have to send some scouts to South America to uncover any talent there that we can!

We have a kit sponsorship worth €2.5m per season until 2024 and the main sponsorship worth €30m over the next 5 years at €6m per season.


I think the club is in excellent order so far! Next, we’ll take a dive into the staff that I have available to me. It’ll likely be a long post as we look to clear out any of the staff that are not up to the job at hand.

I’ll also be looking to recruit a Director of Football, Technical Director and Loans Manager, along with new coaches, scouts and medical team!

As always, you can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Until next time, à tout à l’heure.

Oliver Jensen

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