“I didn’t come here to see this! The walls of Charléty’s locker room still resonate after René Girard’s anger at half-time in the match against Pau, finally beaten 1-0, on October 17th. This scene shows the level of requirement of the champion coach of France in Ligue 1 in 2012 with Montpellier. It only needed a few months to propel into another dimension a club which played its survival on its arrival and which prances today at the head of the L2 before a trip this Saturday (19 hours). In 2o20, out of the two cumulative championships, it was Paris FC de Girard which scored the most points. “We feel that he did not come to us for a final lap, he wants to move up to L1”, appreciates the president Pierre Ferracci who had also discussed with Frédéric Hantz last December.
The financial investment has been significant to bring in Girard, 66, with a well-supplied staff even if he is not the best paid L2 coach. “Thanks to his experience, his personality as a southerner who is both lodger and serious, he brought a serenity that I had not seen at the club,” continues Ferracci. With the sports director Frédéric Hébert, they form a trio that works in perfect harmony. “We are 30 years apart, I could be his son, he was champion of France, I was an amateur player but he never made me feel any differences due to his CV. It is pleasant and easy to work with him ”, explains the latter.
“He is already deeply human,” said sports director Frédéric Hébert
Girard also quickly met the support of his players who all highlight the “good atmosphere he has established” “With them, he is both paternalistic and demanding, says Ferracci. He talks to them a lot. Ancelotti said that a good coach was the one who managed to keep those who played less mobilized. This is the case with René. He has a complementary and very high level staff. In terms of play, he adapts more to the players he has at his disposal rather than the opposing team. And he often sees just like the repositioning of Menez last year in the axis and Pitroipa in defensive midfield. “
“He’s already deeply human. Both hard and fair. If it’s hard, it’s for their own good, ”says Hébert. On the ground, the Parisian coach advocates a rather offensive game. Paris FC is also the best attack this season (17 goals in 9 games). “Not bad for someone who has always been labeled a defensive coach,” laughs Girard. He also played an essential role in recruiting. “He comes from L1, we had to send him the message that we could perform well with National players,” says Hébert. He did not know all the players that I suggested to him but he took the time to observe them and talk to them. In my arguments, I always put it forward. He was ahead of PSG Ancelotti, he has the formative fiber. Players are necessarily more sensitive when a French football character like him calls them. “
Very picky in day-to-day management
Many rookies, especially the younger ones, confirmed to us that his presence was a decisive element in their choice. “It’s a chance for Morgan to work with a coach like him who has been champion of France and has always known how to launch young people wherever he has gone”, explained the French international Josuha Guilavogui about his little brother. .
In the daily management, the Parisian coach, described by its president as “demanding on details, maniac on recovery and travel”, also made the club grow. At his request, the medical staff was expanded. He introduced a compulsory common breakfast before the sessions. Players now spend more time at the Orly training center where they can also have lunch. Tuesday, they had the obligation to stay the afternoon for compulsory care. So many details that have raised the level of performance. “It’s a plus for cohesion,” concludes Hébert. The coach brings us his rigor and professionalism. “
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