Clermont Foot: Ahmet Schaefer – Jérôme Champagne, the explanations for the divorce

These two liked one another a lot. It’s in any case the picture that they’ve despatched again to and in public. Schaefer-Champagne, Champagne-Schaefer. Communion, smiles and complicity. One has led the membership from afar, from Switzerland, however by no means missed the chance to indicate his typically communicative pleasure, particularly by means of social networks. The opposite armed arm of the boss and duly sworn “advisor to the president” had been for 3 years the operative determine (with the discreet Yannick Flavien) of a venture that each carried out in unison. We would not have slipped a blade of grass between the 2.

However this was earlier than. The facade simply exploded and the 2 sides tore aside final week. Given the resumption of coaching on 29 June, we had been actually stunned by the extended absence of Jérôme Champagne, often able to comply with the group as intently as doable. A retirement that appeared much more suspicious in Aurillac final Saturday over the past preparation match towards Toulouse.

Alongside different areas of stress between the 2 sides, defender Hountondji’s stormy departure from Angers seems to have been the breaking level. President Schaefer says he “revered the participant’s phrase to let him depart in 2022” after asking him to remain final season after the climb. On this the 2 males appear fairly in settlement, however for Champagne “this exit voucher was value an fascinating supply. Do not go to a competitor for upkeep ”.

5% of the shares?

It was at this level that Champagne mentioned he understood that “the collegial and authentic management” which had prevailed as much as that time had “been shattered. Now it takes selections by itself, it has turn out to be a vertical system ”. The membership’s press launch, signed by Champagne, will function a casus belli. For his half, with out denying “the painful aspect of each separation”, Ahmet Schaefer most popular within the preamble to greet the work of his late associate: “He has carried out an enormous job within the final three years. I need to hold the perfect moments and the feelings skilled. In each household, when there may be separation, it’s by no means straightforward », he has simply dropped his head.

“I am not leaving the membership, I am expelled”

Jerome Champagne (Former adviser to Ahmet Schaefer)

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I am undecided if this hat trick is sufficient to calm the now former president’s advisor who has laborious enamel. He even forgets the at all times calm tone that this educated diplomat inevitably assumed at each speech: “I’m not leaving Clermont Foot, which will need to have been the best journey of my life, even earlier than diplomacy, the journey of the 1998 World Cup, or FIFA. No, I am not leaving the membership, I am kicked out! It is unbelievable. “

No dialogue between Lucas Da Cunha (Good) and Clermont Foot

If the Hountondji affair could have appeared as the most recent friction that sealed the break between the 2 males, the monetary dispute is clearly by no means far-off and seems because the Gordian knot of the story. Jérôme Champagne repeats to his liking that the president promised him initially of their three way partnership “to (us) pay 5% of the shares to me and Yannick (Flavien, one other vital director of the membership). It is a damaged promise. I do know I will by no means see that cash. “Listening to him, we additionally assume the variations aren’t new.” What I say would possibly earn me a libel go well with, however we (together with with Flavien) went to nice lengths to cover some truths. We had been typically requested: “However the place is the president?” “.

And Champagne to quote one other instance of profound disagreements over the failed acquisition of the Danish membership Vendsyssel FF, which offered in a short time with losses in assist. The disgraced chief additionally accuses his former supervisor “of eager to dismantle the French recruiting sector of the membership. We opposed it, particularly after we know the standard of the work carried out for years by Philippe Vaugeois and his groups ”.

Contacted in flip, Yannick Flavien was not reached. However from a trusted supply near the membership, he’s a part of the venture at the moment led by Ahmet Schaefer and thus stays moored on the membership. For his half, Ahmet Schaefer didn’t need to add anything, believing “that issues had been now not going to Jérôme however that the membership is above the whole lot”.

“I need to bear in mind our good instances. Jérôme Champagne labored quite a bit for this membership “

Ahmet Schäfer (President of Clermont Foot)

Refusing to “go into particulars” and rejecting any concept of ​​undoing “within the streets”, the boss of Core Sports activities Capital, the holding firm that presides over Clermont Foot and the Austrian membership Lustenau, will go no additional. However whereas Champagne, aside from his presence throughout the 38 days of L1 final season, was an important interlocutor on the native degree, particularly with establishments and politicians, the Zurich man didn’t shut the doorways “to a doable recruitment”.

That is the membership’s first main disaster since its acquisition in March 2019, per week earlier than the league resumes.

Valery Lefort

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