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RUGBY | Pierre-André Hafner, le nouveau président du CSBJ, s’exprime sur France Bleu Isère

Par Sébastien Chanove et Denis Souilla, France Bleu Isère mardi 1 septembre 2015 à 18:22

Pierre-André Hafner, président du CSBJ.
Pierre-André Hafner, président du CSBJ. © Radio France - Sébastien Chanove

L’industriel de 62 ans, originaire de la Loire, a été élu mi-août à la présidence du club de rugby nord isérois, mais il n’a effectivement pris ses fonctions que cette semaine. Il a réservé ses premiers mots à France Bleu Isère.

A 62 ans, Pierre-André Hafner, est le président de la société du même nom, basée à Saint-Galmier dans la Loire et spécialisée dans les pâtisseries prêtes à garnir. Le rugby le passionne depuis longtemps, puisqu’il a présidé le CASE de Saint-Étienne de 2011 à 2013, date du dépôt de bilan du club. Aujourd’hui, un an seulement après son arrivée comme sponsor au CSBJ, le voilà président, en remplacement de Martial Manier, démissionnaire fin juin, et ce scénario il ne l’avait pas prévu. "Je n’étais pas venu à Bourgoin pour ça. J’ai toujours pensé qu’il n’était pas forcément bon qu’un 'partenaire  maillot' soit président, qui-plus-est s’il n’est pas Berjallien. Mais il y a eu les événements de juillet, pas mal de flottement, alors j’ai dit "si vous n’avez personne, on y va !".

À LIRE AUSSI  |  Un Ligérien à la présidence du CSBJ, le club de rugby de Bourgoin-Jallieu

 

Un nouveau président pour apaiser le club ?

Les événements soulignés par Pierre-André Hafner, ce sont la démission de Martial Manier fin juin, après de longs mois de conflit entre la structure professionnelle et l’association amateur CSBJ, puis la candidature, soutenue par Vincent Chriqui le maire de Bourgoin-Jallieu, de l’énarque Renaud Ferrand. Tout cela a convaincu Pierre-André Hafner, de passer du rôle de partenaire financier à celui de président. Si les opposants à Martial Manier pensaient avoir tourné une page, ils en sont pour leurs frais. "J’ai besoin de lui, Martial reste à mes côtés pour prendre en mains les destinées du club", affirme le nouveau patron du club ciel et grenat.

Pierre-André Hafner dans la continuité et dans la durée

Mais le conflit entre les "pro" et les "anti" Manier a accouché d’un compromis : Pierre-André Hafner sera accompagné d’un directeur général, Michel Commeinhes, qu’il a rencontré pour la première fois ce lundi. "Difficile pour moi de lui établir une fiche de poste, il faut qu’on sache si nous sommes compatibles. On va discuter ensemble et se répartir les tâches." Autre confirmation de cet entretien accordé à France Bleu Isère, Pierre-André Hafner ne sera pas un président par intérim, contrairement à ce que pensait les soutiens de Renaud Ferrand cet été. Il n’a pas prévu de passer la main dans quelques mois, bien au contraire.*"Je suis président élu jusqu’au 30 juin 2017 donc je serai, sauf accident, président jusqu’au 30 juin 2017, et si je suis encore en vie, j’irai peut être un peu plus loin !". *

En attendant, Pierre André Hafner doit rassembler les forces d'un club miné par les divisions ces derniers mois, et relancer son équipe fanion, qui ne compte qu’un seul point après deux journées de Pro D2 (deux défaites).

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Pierre-André Hafner, président du CSBJ. © Radio France

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