The monument still stands. Threatened with disappearance from the elite, Pau-Lacq-Orthez, nine times champion of France, semi-finalist of the Betclic Elite play-offs in the spring, was saved at the buzzer on Monday by the appeal chamber of the French Federation which accepted the request of the new shareholder of the Bearn club, the French company “Eat 4 Good” (nutrition, dietetics), to re-engage it in the French Championship in 2022-2023.
” In view of recent developments in the file and the guarantees provided as to the continuity of the club’s operations, the Appeals Chamber has decided to reform the decision of the Superior Management Council of July 11, 2022 and to issue a favorable opinion on the club’s commitment to the Betclic Elite Championship for the 2022-2023 season. It also seized the higher management council of the LNB which will have to proceed with the validation of the budget and the supervision of the club’s payroll for the 2022-2023 season. “Said a press release from the French Federation on Monday.
But for some time, a recovery plan was in the making. It was finalized last week and on Friday the club changed hands, CSG agreeing to give way to the French company “Eat 4 Good” led by Sébastien Ménard (41), also a municipal councilor in Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) . This company had already applied last year for the takeover of Elan Béarnais, in the file presented by the Darnauzan brothers, former players of the club. But the agglomeration of Pau, then the main shareholder of the club, had decided in favor of CSG.
” There was no plan B. Without Eat 4 Good, it was over. We save a club that is part of the heritage of French sport “, comments the lawyer Thierry Braillard, former Secretary of State in charge of sports (2014-2017), who prepared the legal and administrative part of the takeover file but will play no role either in the shareholding or in the future organization chart. of the club. ” The liability of one million euros will be cleared over three years “, he adds.
Elan Béarnais will now be chaired by Sébastien Ménard. He should soon present the National League with a budget of around five million (against 7.8 million in 2021-2022). “ When we present the accounts closed on June 30 and the provisional budget, there will be no more supervision of the payroll “, assures Thierry Braillard. The technical staff, around coach Eric Bartecheky, should be maintained. Only three players, at this time, are still under contract, the pivot Vitalis Chikoko, the winger Giovan Oniangue and the back Gérald Ayayi.