Jono Gibbes’ adventure in Clermont seems to be coming to an end. The ASM manager is indeed in the hot seat and should be received by his management at the beginning of the week, for an interview prior to dismissal. The same Clermont leaders have been studying avenues for his replacement for several days. The names of Christophe Urios and Mario Ledesma are considered priority.
The historic defeat Friday night against Leicester (29-44) should therefore be too much for Jono Gibbes in Clermont. The next day (Saturday), we reveal you on Rugbyrama a now very unstable position for the coach at the head of the Auvergne club, who had already made contact with possible replacements, including former iconic hooker Mario Ledesma. Information that was confirmed this weekend, at least for the first part: at the beginning of the week, Gibbes should be received by his management for a formal interview, which should lead to a dismissal and the start of a dismissal procedure. He had 18 months left on his contract at ASMCA (2024).
Returning to Auvergne in 2021, to succeed Franck Azéma, whose deputy he had been during the 2017 title, Gibbes will never have succeeded in putting the ASMCA back in the spotlight. All competitions combined, it has a negative win ratio of 44% (22 wins, 1 draw, 26 losses). The New Zealand technician pays above all for a winter in troubled waters. Because after a good start to the season, where the Jaunards had notably offered La Rochelle and Lyon to the Michelin and were in 4th place, the Jaunards conceded a first hitch against Bordeaux-Bègles, last October.
A dark start to the year for Clermont and Gibbes
This meeting will have been the starting point of the yellow and blue decline, with in particular a raging defeat against Bayonne, a lesson suffered at Racing and a setback in the 89th minute at Brive. In 2023, ASM also had to concede a heavy defeat against Toulouse before fire Xavier Sadourny. The Clermont attack coach was dismissed after ten years of service, assuming some wear and messages that no longer passed with the yellow and blue workforce.
With a second heavy defeat conceded at home, Jono Gibbes may have trained his men for the last time at the Michelin this weekend against the Tigers.