2002/2003 Season 2002/2003

Presentation

Ligue 1
15th
Coupe de France
Semifinal
Coupe de la Ligue
Round of 32
A new hierarchy, with Cueff as President, Dréossi as Director of Football and a new coaching staff managed by Bergeroo gave supporters lots of hope for the season ahead. But, in reality, the start of the season turned out to be one of the worst in the club’s history with only 2 points achieved from the opening 7 matches. The main reasons for this, were undoubtedly an inappropriate formation (3-5-2) and some unconvincing recruits (Fleurquin, Ivanov and Loeschbor), with the notable exception of Cech. After 10 matches, their only victory had come against Nantes. Bergeroo was sacked in October. Whilst new First Team Manager Halilhodzic won his first match in charge at Sedan (3-1), he had to wait another five matches, and the home game against Lille (5-1 win) to really begin to turn things around. Rennes climbed from last to 15th in the table before the Christmas break, only to plunge back into the danger zone, winning only 5 games in the second half of the season. On the last day of the season, it was a 3-1 victory over Montpellier which saved them from relegation, at the expense of Sedan and Le Havre. The French Cup provided a welcome ray of light in an otherwise disappointing season, getting all the way to the Semi Finals, before a rare error by Cech cost his side, losing 1-2 in Auxerre.