Friday, January 28

Ligue 1: Philippe Clement appointed coach of Monaco

AS Monaco has its new coach. As expected, Philippe Clement was appointed on Monday on the club bench of the principality club, where he succeeds Niko Kovac thanked at the end of last week.

There was hardly any doubt about his arrival. The Belgian coach (47) was present on Sunday in the stand of the Robert-Diochon stadium in Rouen alongside vice-president Oleg Petrov to witness the victory of the Monegasques against Quevilly-Rouen in 16e of the Coupe de France (1-3). And a few hours after the qualification of his new team, he initialed a two-and-a-half-year contract binding him to AS Monaco until June 2024.

Monegasque leaders were seduced by the profile and style of play of Philippe Clement, crowned Belgian champion three times with Genk in 2019 then Club Bruges, which he led, in 2020 and 2021. “His demonstrated ability to shoot the best of young and talented groups while reaching ever higher goals during his career make him the right person to pursue in a logical way, and with an intact ambition, the chapter which we opened at the beginning of last season aiming to sustainably bring AS Monaco back into the elite of French football and on the European scene, ”said Petrov in a press release.

His mission will begin this Tuesday on the Rock where he will conduct his first training to prepare for the ASM’s trip to Nantes on Sunday on behalf of the 20e Ligue 1 day. And his main goal at the head of the principality club, currently 6e Ligue 1 four points from Marseille (2e), will be to finish on the podium at the end of the season and go as far as possible in the Europa League, where Monaco has qualified for the round of 16 after finishing at the top of their group with three wins and as many draws in six meetings.

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