Didier Ollé-Nicolle

Didier Ollé-Nicolle (born 2 September 1961) is French football manager and former player who played as a defender. He was is currently the head coach of Le Mans FC.

Didier Ollé-Nicolle
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Belley, France
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Le Mans (manager)
Youth career
1968–1977 Auray
1977–1979 Angers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1984 Angers
1984–1990 Chambéry
1990–1991 Raon-l'Étape
Teams managed
1990–1999 Raon-l'Étape
2000–2003 Valenciennes
2003–2005 Nîmes
2005–2006 Châteauroux
2006–2009 Clermont
2009–2010 Nice
2010–2011 Neuchâtel Xamax
2011 Apollon Limassol
2011–2012 USM Alger
2012–2013 Rouen
2014 Benin
2015–2016 Colmar
2016–2020 Orléans
2020– Le Mans
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Ollé-Nicolle was born in Belley, Ain. He had a modest playing career in French lower leagues for Angers, Chambéry and Raon-l'Étape. His demarcation was defender.

Managerial careerEdit

Ollé-Nicolle coached Raon-l'Étape, Valenciennes, Nîmes, Châteauroux.[1] He has managing in Ligue 1 at OGC Nice, as of 1 July 2009[2] and on 9 March 2010, Nice decided to sack him and put the team into the hands of Éric Roy, René Marsiglia and Frédéric Gioria.[3]

In September 2010, he was named Neuchâtel Xamax manager.[4] He was sacked after a 4–1 home defeat against FC Thun on 11 May 2011, leaving the Swiss Cup finalist two points clear of relegation with three games left.

In July 2011, he was hired as manager for Apollon Limassol, a Cypriot team considered to be one of the strong teams on the island of Cyprus, with lot of supporters but with many economic and staffing issues surrounding the team in 2011. Didier Nicolle appeared to be the most appropriate manager after short-listing some others, to help the team regain its prestige and return to the path of titles and glory.

On 10 November 2011, Ollé-Nicolle was appointed as manager of Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 side USM Alger, signing a two-year contract with the club.[5]

On 24 May 2012, it was confirmed Ollé-Nicolle would take charge as the coach of Championnat National side FC Rouen for the 2012–13 season.

In March 2014, Ollé-Nicolle was named the head coach of the Benin national team on a two-year contract.[6] He departed the role in November 2014.[7]

In March 2015, he was named as head coach of SR Colmar in the third tier of French football.

In 2016, he became the new manager of US Orléans. In February 2020, with the club at the bottom of the Ligue 2 table, he was sacked.[8]

On 1 June 2020 he was announced as the new head coach of Le Mans FC.[9]


  1. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs Archived 31 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Maurice Cohen : « Une nouvelle ère »". Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Communiqué officiel". Archived from the original on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Xamax tient son nouvel entraîneur". 20 minutes (in French). 2 September 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. ^ Didier Ollé-Nicolle officiellement à l'USM Alger Archived 15 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine; DZFoot.com, 10 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Benin name Frenchman Didier Olle-Nicolle as coach". Kingsley Kobo. Goal.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Actu Bénin: Didier Ollé-Nicolle limogé!" (in French). africatopsports.com. 18 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Orléans : Ollé-Nicolle écarté (off.)" (in French). foot-national.com. 16 February 2020.
  9. ^ "National. Le Mans FC a trouvé son entraineur" (in French). footamateur.fr. 1 June 2020.

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