Nice hires coach Favre, replacing Galtier, linked to PSG

NICE, France (AP) — French club Nice hired Lucien Favre as coach on Monday, replacing Christophe Galtier who is expected to take over at Paris Saint-Germain.

Nice said Favre returned after a first stint, from 2016 to 2018, which was “etched in the history” of the club.

Favre’s debut season ended with a third-place finish in Ligue 1 and entry into the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Kind owner Jim Ratcliffe said in a letter to fans that Favre commanded “respect and admiration” and that his preferred style of play was a perfect match for what the club wanted.

After two years at Nice, Favre was drawn to Borussia Dortmund where his sides finished second in the Bundesliga twice before being dismissed 18 months ago.

Favre takes over a Nice side that finished fifth last season and will play in the Europa League Conference qualifying rounds in August.

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