With sixth place after nineteen matchdays, Monaco has been underperforming this season in Ligue 1. Trainer Niko Kovac was therefore sacked and the names of Paulo Fonseca and Jesse Marsch are circulating as possible successors. Although, according to the authoritative L’Equipe, there is one man in pole position: Club coach Philippe Clement (47).
Marsch (ex-RB Leizpig) and Fonseca (ex-AS Roma) have the advantage that they are currently nowhere under contract. Still, L’Equipe believes that Clement is currently Monaco’s first choice. “In addition to his titles of recent years, he is the architect of the blue-black dominance in the Belgian competition,” the newspaper writes. “At 47, he is one of the coaches followed by several European club boards.”
The Monegasque would not have missed the fact that Club Brugge stunted against PSG (1-1 in the Champions League) this season. “The attacking, intense style of play, without denying its principles, has been praised several times,” it continues. His choice to cover Marco Verratti in the Parc des Princes (0-1) in 2019 had already confirmed his reputation as a creative tactician.
Multilingual and good with young people
Another trump card of Clement: he is multilingual. The fact that he has already launched a number of young people in recent years, with Charles De Ketelaere as an exponent, has not gone unnoticed in France. Monaco, also the parent club of Cercle Brugge, is known as a club that is committed to the promotion of young players.