Monaco: An ejection before Clement Rennes does not feel in the seat

Monaco coach Philippe Clement assured that he had full confidence of his leaders ahead of the final sprint that ASM launched in Rennes this Friday (9 pm, the 32nd day of Ligue 1). And despite rumors of an eviction next summer.

Since he replaced a coach (Nico Kovac), then 6th, four points off the podium and still qualified for the Europa League, Philippe Clément knows the fragility of his position on the Monaco bench. The Belgian departure is still the subject of rumours, three and a half months after he was on the bench at the end of December 2021.

However, he claims to have reached the final sprint with the support of his management, which starts this Friday at the Rennes pitch (9 pm, the 32nd day of Ligue 1). This contradicted information from L’Equipe that ASM president Dmitry Rybolovlev was going to clear first team managers, including Clement, next summer.

Him Rybolovlev. has “support all”

Koch claims that he has personally received the support of the President. “The sporting director (Paul Mitchell, editor’s note), the vice president (Oleg Petrov) and I spoke with President Rybolovlev, he explained to AFP. I spoke with him for more than four hours. He said we had his full support. Is in the current project. Until recently, he was less present. He wants to be more involved again. We talked about the current players, the profiles we need for next season.

He said, “You never know the future when you’re a coach. That’s life. I was surprised at the timing before a big game (against PSG, 3-0, on March 20). I only prepared for that then.” In order not to destabilize the players, I told my assistants: ‘We don’t talk to players about this, we stay focused on winning’.

Clement therefore projects beyond the season as his contract allows him until 2024. “There’s no insurance, he agrees. And I didn’t ask him. If we lose all matches now? It’s like that… But it was nice that he saw the hard work behind the results.” Their failures in the Coupe de France (elimination against Nantes) and the Europa League (by Braga) spoiled an average record (nine wins, five draws, four losses). But successes against Lyon (2-0), Marseille (0-1) and Paris (3-0) argue for him as much as his team’s series debut (three consecutive wins in L1) that would have replaced him. He is on six podium points.

“I’m already busy preparing for next season”

His team will be back at three lengths if they succeed at Rozon Park this Friday before another clash of competitors in Europe against Nice on Wednesday (7pm, the 33rd). He approaches this double juncture calmly. At least on the front. “It’s certainly a good thing to have direct contact with the president. For everyone,” he told AFP.

He reiterated this to the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “We had a video meeting with the President with Paul Michel, during which he reassured us, he concluded. He expressed his support for our project and not only for the current operation. We had a good conversation about it. But also about the future, the profiles we need… Everyone was on the same wavelength (…) I’m already busy preparing for next season and possible new Talking to the players.”

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