Laporte may quit Toulon - Boudjellal
January 5, 2014
Boudjellal and Laporte celebrate Heineken Cup success last season © Getty Images
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is worried that head coach Bernard Laporte may quit the club after its recent poor run of form.
The European champions lost at home for the first time in over a year to lowly Grenoble on Saturday, meaning they have lost three out of their last four matches in the Top 14. Their position at the top of Pool 2 in the Heineken Cup is a consolation but concerns linger that the man who lead them to glory in the competition last season may be considering his future.
Former France boss Laporte has been at Toulon since 2011 and is aiming to add the Top 14 crown to last season's Heineken Cup triumph, though Boudjellal remains concerned about his future at the club.
"I hope the players will be able to regroup. My main concern is whether Bernard [Laporte] will be at training on Monday," Boudjellal told AFP.
"He's disappointed with many things in rugby: the refereeing which sometimes verges on amateurism and the sport which he no longer recognises since he returned to it.
"He's far away from his loved ones [his family live in Paris] and I can tell you that he's had a gutsful."
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