According to L’Équipe, former Stade de Reims, Saint-Étienne, and Brighton manager Oscar Garcia is set for his next managerial job with Belgian club Louvain in the next couple of days. In the last few weeks, the former Barcelona midfielder was the subject of interest from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetesk, but will instead join Louvan who sit currently 13th place in the Belgian Pro League.
A former manager of Red Bull Salzburg, Olympiakos, and Celta Vigo, Garcia was sacked as Reims manager in October 2022 with the club sitting in 15th place. His assistant, Will Still, took the reins and guided the Champagne club to a historic unbeaten run, including two draws against French Champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Garcia’s sacking also came in the context of the deteriorating illness of his daughter, who tragically passed away only a month following his departure. During his time as manager he made several visits to Catalonia to support and visit his daughter, after the latest of which he was informed he was going to be sacked as Reims manager after winning only one game at that stage of the 2022-2023 season.
GFFN | George Boxall