Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that Oostende CEO Gauthier Ganaye has left the club to join Huddersfield. Ganaye, who was also in charge of French side Nancy, has been the target of much criticism from both groups of fans for how the sides have been run. Both were relegated while he was in charge.
Oostende are now looking for new ownership, with Premier League clubs apparently circling. There has been a meeting with Newcastle United’s ownership group and the club, as well as talks with the owners of Wolves. It appears that, in spite of their relegation, the club are still able to attract investors who see the potential.
For Oostende, their time under the leadership of Ganaye and the Pacific Media Group for whom he worked has been disasterous. After a positive first season under Aleksander Blessin, the side have failed on and off the pitch. Transfers have been more miss than hit, with key players being sold for reasonable sums and not being replaced using the same money. Furthermore, the club has been unable to pay suppliers and some staff, with hotels in Belgium reportedly refusing to allow the team to stay because of missed or late payments.
With Ganaye gone, it appears that the reset is well and truly underway at Oostende. All that is left is for a new ownership group to take over and begin the process of trying to get the club back into the Pro League.