At a press conference, on the radio or on television, Louis Nicollin, emblematic president of Montpellier Hérault Sport Club, always gave his audience statements that smell like sulfur.
A real media sniper, Louis Nicollin distributed bursts to the careless incauts who stood in their way. And also, sometimes, to those who had not asked for anything! Your favorite goals? Often the presidents and coaches of other clubs, but also, sometimes, their own collaborators. One of the last rages of the so-called “Loulou” was the Montpellier club’s recruiting cell, which said it was guilty of not finding the rare bird in central defense in the transfer market. At the end of September 2016, he said: “The recruiting cell, and Carotti in mind, are people who are paid to do nothing. I’ve been calling a great defender for three years! Three years! They can’t find one.” A few days later, he added to beIN Sports cameras: “I have people who recruit who are big dicks.”
A florid language present in most of the controversial statements of Louis Nicollin, who voluntarily used grumpy metaphors to illustrate his words. While some observers preferred to speak of “folklore” in relation to him, others struggled to accept that the president of Montpellier would allow this kind of slippage. When Nicollin called Pedretti a “tarlouze” in 2009, former player Olivier Rouyer, for example, reacted virulently: “We let this kind of excess pass on to the argument that they are part of character and its flowery language. I don’t agree with that. It’s very serious, we mustn’t let this go”. It’s up to you to judge.