The players of the France team do not seem to be the only ones to have paid the price for Corinne Deacon’s intransigence as coach.
The year has been particularly trying for Corinne Deacon. Not on the ground where the French women’s team has indeed flown over the qualifications for Euro 2021 but behind the scenes. Consequence of the sling of some tricolor players. Like her partner Sarah Bouhaddi, who decided to take a step back from the selection, captain Amandine Henry stepped up to criticize the management of the coach.
The extreme rigor and coldness of the former defender is getting worse and worse with her troops. And especially with Lyonnaises against whom the Northerner seems to have a hard tooth. But the Blue are not the first to live badly with the methods of Corinne Deacon. Her experience on the Clermont bench, where she became the first woman to lead a professional club, also left bitter memories. Especially among those who did not fit into his plans.
“We watched the colleagues train. You sit 20 minutes in the rain, it’s frustrating, thus told Elle Franck L’Hostis, today in Orléans. She never said to me: “I don’t want you anymore”, but let me marinate. When I asked her for explanations, she replied: “I’m not playing you, you don’t have to understand my choice.” “
And the Orleans goalkeeper to point in turn the rigorous side of the tricolor coach. “She decided on the smallest detail, the color of the polo shirts, the length of the socks”, he added, recalling a partner night where she inspected the jeans of her troops. Nicknamed “the dragon”, “the chief warrant officer” or “cocovirus” by the French players, she was entitled to “Attila” in the Puy-de-Dôme. And unsurprisingly, his departure for the Bleues was greeted with great relief by the Clermont players or the medical staff. She gave it back to them, emptying her office without even saying goodbye.
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