After retiring from playing, Abad became a manager. First he managed Ligue 2 side Grenoble from 1967 until 1969. After leaving Grenoble, Abad joined fourth division outfit Chamois Niortais. In his first season, 1969–1970 the club gained promotion to Division 3. Following his successful spell with Chamois Niortais, Abad had a five-year tenure at Cholet, where the team won promotion to Division 2 in 1975.