Basketball: “The team will not be strengthened with credit,” Audrey Surrett, general manager of Alain Bernier’s team asserts

“Everything happened very quickly, we did not have time to ask ourselves many questions. I was only in Bo for ten days with my son. The important thing was to quickly find the standards. In the club, you need time to observe, absorb and analyze quickly and at the same time “Time is in urgency at the start of the season. We immediately want to make an impression with simple actions even if everything we want to put in place is not ready from the first match.”

Did you have the impression that you arrived at a club traumatized by the previous episodes?

“I felt that people…

“Everything happened very quickly, we did not have time to ask ourselves many questions. I was only in Bo for ten days with my son. The important thing was to quickly find the standards. In the club, you need time to observe, absorb and analyze quickly and at the same time “Time is in urgency at the start of the season. We immediately want to make an impression with simple actions even if everything we want to put in place is not ready from the first match.”

Did you have the impression that you arrived at a club traumatized by the previous episodes?

“I felt that people needed it to start over with someone who runs on a daily basis, mourning everything that came before. We are still in the process, with a few files to remind us of the summertime saga. It is important to analyze the needs very quickly, to know the people who They can adapt to our expectations, those who have the ability and the will. Certainly there will be decisions that are not satisfying but we will make them. With my hat as a former player who saw the great Alain Bernier, who I am still fascinated by this floor and this enclosure, I have not been so impressed since my arrival in the management infrastructure. Everyone puts their will in it, has skills, but is still very aloof, lacking in cross-sectional work. It’s a shame because all the posts are tied together. There is a team on the field and the team on the outside must have the same goal in mind: moving forward together. The spirit of this club and what it represents on the French basketball scene is an opportunity in the truest sense of the word. I have a feeling we can form a very good duo with Sebastien (Ménard) to bring different skills, he is from the company, I am from the sport. Just by trusting each other, relying on each other For some, we can achieve great things. »

Is your work with Ilan in the elite similar to what was done in Pro-B in recent years, in Charleville and then in Nantes?

“Yes, the goals and challenges are identical: achieving interim budgeting through private partnership, events, and ticketing. My strength is knowledge of the environment, through my career as a player, and the experience of a leader, and also through the fact that I have spent time training at the Center for Sports Law and Economics.” (CDES) ) from Limoges. Yes, I am proud of my career as a player, but besides that I went to look for other important skills in the leadership and management part.”

How do you feel about being the only woman in this position out of DG, Elite, and Pro B combined?

“It’s proof that we still have a lot of progress to make in our community. In Nantes as here, they came to get my skills started. I want to prove that they are identical and that we are able to collaborate in a very masculine environment. I know I will continue to face reflections where they will be highlighted Highlighted the fact that I am a woman, but I trust myself. I don’t want my identity to be identified in an uproar, only as a woman. In automatic application, I would certainly not have applied for the position. Simply because Elan has a very regional club image, locked in his cocoon, in a world Very masculine, with captains who are ex-players. The difference today is that Sebastian Menard has arrived with this desire to make a change. If we can come to do the same thing as before, it is useless. This club has a soul and we want to strengthen it.”

Have you worked with the old partners to reassure them and the new ones to seduce them?

“In this segment, a lot of Sebastien (Ménard) and Sylvain (Bonet) have invested a lot. The point is to reassure, to make it understand that we are not facing a sponsor who promises dollars, but rather someone who has proposed a rescue plan, a restructuring plan based on an expectation. Getting it and that we would get to it on our own would be a complete mistake. The club has lived on many sporting achievements for years, and today there are expectations of achieving them. We have very high goals, we have to roll up our sleeves and unite around us. We do not perform miracles. We do not release PowerPoint for three Years with a great project. We are realistic, we set high, but rigorous, goals through the professionalism of the club.”

Despite six weeks of delays in the sports and administrative fields, are you looking forward to the start of the season?

The inner speech should be calm no matter what. We have to be realistic, we are not with last year’s budget, we will live to our potential. We shouldn’t shoot ourselves if there’s a defeat, a harder start than in previous seasons. This is where we will have to master our subject. We have to turn the page, we are no longer in the same vein with a team that has been fortified with credit. Today, our team will not be strengthened by credit. The coach chose the players he thinks he can make something with and get results, but we don’t hide that, the goal is maintenance. He’ll be key, we must make no mistake about the key matches for us. This does not mean that we are playing on a small scale or that we are not ambitious, it means that we are realistic. It did not make sense to relaunch the club by putting all the money on the athlete. There would be no risk at this level. We won’t spend the money we don’t have. Of course we are ambitious, we want to go to the playoffs, but the main and vital thing is to stay in the Betclic Elite at the end of the season, to work well and manage our budget well.”

What explains the delay in recruiting the last winger player?

“Yes, and that will wait a bit. You have to be consistent in the choices you make. With the circumstance remaining, it is not wise to take someone to reassure everyone. We have to accept our situation.”

“Of course we are ambitious, we want to go to the playoffs, but what is essential and vital is to stay in the Betclic Elite at the end of the season, to work well and manage our budget well.”

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