Nicolas Anelka announced on Tuesday the end of his collaboration with the Hyères FC club. Appointed sporting director of the National 2 club last February, the former striker notably justified his choice by stopping the amateur championships because of the coronavirus.
Nicolas Anelka in Hyères, it’s already yesterday. The present of the former PSG striker and the France team will be written away from the Var club. The main interested party himself confirmed his departure and the end of his work as sports director with the Foot Mercato site on Tuesday. A decision justified by the end of the amateur championships and in particular of the National 2 where the club is currently playing, chaired by Mourad Boudjellal.
“I came to this project thinking that the virus was conquered and that amateur football would resume, said the double winner of the Champions League. After three months at the club the observation is obvious! The sporting project is no longer the same! Amateur football is at a standstill and the restrictions are even more severe. “
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Anelka: “I don’t see a short and medium term projection”
Appointed at the beginning of February as sports director, Nicolas Anelka was to bring his experience and his network to help Hyères climb to National 1 and start dreaming of Ligue 2. But the health crisis linked to the coronavirus and the stopping the amateur championships by the FFF convinced the striker, who passed notably through Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid to say stop.
“Aware of the financial difficulties that have arisen at the club, which weigh on the implementation of the project and decisions taken against amateur football, I do not see any short and medium-term projection on amateur football, further estimated the ex-gamer now 42 years old. My experience and expertise are of no use at the moment! I therefore prefer to devote my time to my other activities. “
A departure without clashes or fuss
Used to making the press cabbage since the 2010 World Cup with the France team or the quenelle affair at West Brom, Nicolas Anelka is leaving Hyères on good terms with the management. The former Paris-trained scorer even shared his gratitude to Mourad Boudjellal.
“I thank the president for giving me this opportunity! I discovered a club, this magnificent region and its warm inhabitants, concluded the man known for his strong character. I wish this project and everyone good luck. team that supervises the club. ” It remains to be seen what will be done tomorrow for Nicolas Anelka.