Laurent Hervé, 43, is the new coach of AS Vitré. After the trauma of the descent into N3, the former coach of Vannes wants to “restore a positive dynamic” to the club.
Posted on May 13, 20 at 3:07 p.m.
Laurent Hervé, 43, is the new coach of AS Vitré.
After the trauma of the descent into N3, the former coach of Vannes wants “Give a positive dynamic” to the club.
First, can you introduce yourself through your player journey?
I was trained in En Avant Guingamp, from the age of 13. I went there professional and played there until I was 26 years old. I played a bit in Ligue 1 but especially in Ligue 2. I also participated in a European Cup match against Inter Milan.
But in 2002, I suffered a double leg fracture at the Parc des Princes against PSG. After that, my career took a long time to restart.
I played in Beauvais, England (Wimbledon) and I arrived in Vannes, which was then in National. With Vannes, I experienced a Coupe de France quarter-final, an L2 climb and a League Cup final.
I stopped my career in 2011, at the age of 35.
“From DSE to National 2 in four years”
And did you already have the ambition to become a coach?
Yes, I had this will. I passed all my diplomas in two years. Then I had my first experience as a player-coach at my home in Pont-L’Abbé.
Then I trained the U19 from Vannes. And when the first team went down to the CFA, I was appointed coach. Unfortunately, a month and a half later, the club filed for bankruptcy. I still continued. We went back to DSE and went back to National 2 in four years. So I stay on two seasons in N2.
You left Voc last February. Why ?
There was a disagreement with the leaders. We were 5e in the standings, with one game less.
“It happened very quickly”
How and when did the first contacts with AS Vitré take place?
After the formalization of the descent in N3, I received a call from Guillaume Borne, the manager of the club. We hung on well. It happened very quickly.
What will your goal be next season?
We want to play the leading roles in N3 and fight for accession. A descent is always a bit traumatic, so I hope to bring new blood and restore a positive dynamic. We will already have to start the championship well.
Do you already know what your workforce will look like?
I’m meeting the players this week (interview on Tuesday 12 May) to prepare the squad for next season. I already have my idea because I know the team, which I have met several times with Vannes. But we have to polish it all.
“A game based on possession, on the ground and fast”
What is your game philosophy and what are your role models as coaches?
I was fortunate to be coached by Guy Lacombe at Guingamp, who left a lasting impression on me. All the coaches I've had have enriched me. I try to get the best out of everyone.
My game philosophy is rather based on possession, on the ground and fast. It's always easier to win matches if you have the ball.
And do you have a preferred tactical scheme?
Yes, 4-3-3 or 4-2-31, but the profile of some players may cause me to change.
Finally, should we expect arrivals from the technical staff?
No, the technical staff does not change. Emmanuel Aubert remains assistant coach and Stéphane Viseux goalkeeper coach.
— to actu.fr