Clermont Foot have appointed their second consecutive female coach in Corinne Diacre to replace Helena Costa, reports Sky Sports.
Clermont Foot made history when they announced the appointment of Costa at the end of last season, when she became the highest reaching female coach within the male game. However, Costa left after less than two months, without ever taking charge of a match, after feeling that she was being excluded from some important club decisions including potential signings.
But former national player for the women’s team Diacre says that she is revelling in the pressure and doesn’t feel the same way her predecessor did during her short spell. She admitted in a press conference that she didn’t pay much interest to the story coming from Clermont as it happened earlier in the summer.
Diacre admitted that she knows that she will probably be treated differently compared to the other managers in the league but is focussing on doing a successful job. She added that nobody will be able to put her under more pressure than she puts herself under as she is meticulous in her preparation but revels any sort of competition.
The defender appeared 121 times for the French ladies national side during a twelve year international career where she frequently captained the team. The defender is the third highest capped female player. She has been the coach of Soyaux, her former club, since 2010 whilst being involved in the national female set up as assistant boss since 2007.
Diacre feels that she may be subjected to more questions about Costa and the manner of her departure, but the 39 year old was quite clear in saying that she has her objectives to fulfil on the pitch, and lead the team as best as she can. Diacre says that the way she has been treated by the players and staff have made her feel as if she is an important part of the team’s future, acknowledging her as she passed and enjoying training, which she says she liked.
Clermont Foot have been in Ligue 2 since 2007 and will be looking to improve on last season where they finished in 14th place, only nine points away from relegation. They’ll face stiff challenges against Valenciennes, Ajaccio, Auxerre and AS Nancy. Finishing in the top half of the table would be massive for the team that have never been able to progress past Ligue 2, despite having several successful cup runs.
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