Claude Fort, 70, vice-president of ASJ Soyaux (D2), knows Corinne Deacon very well.
The coach, who arrived in 1988 at the age of 14 with the Charente-Maritime club, worked as a defender for nineteen years before taking the helm of the pennant team (in D2 and D1) from 2007 to 2013. The leader of Soyaux remembers a demanding but fair technician and brings his perspective on the tense situation in the France team after the shocking statements of Amandine Henry.
What memories do you keep of Corinne Deacon?
That of a player who worked a lot to achieve her goal, which was to evolve at the highest level, then of a serious and rigorous coach who has made her team progress individually and collectively.
In real life, she was a good living who loved to laugh and joke at post-game receptions.
Has she experienced management concerns during the seven years at the head of the pennant team at Soyaux?
The players respected her.
In our amateur team, there were players attracted by the high level.
Corinne made them progress and it went well.
Others were in the group for leisure and it was a bit more difficult for these girls.
Corinne asks for seriousness and rigor in training.
What is the Deacon method?
There is no method.
Corinne was trained and graduated to become a coach.
She then applied what she learned to bring her players to the best possible level.
She worked really hard to get there, so she thinks all players have to work hard to get there as well.
She is demanding.
Is it a fault to be?
I do not think so.
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How did she experience the shattering declarations of Amandine Henry?
Who wouldn't be marked by what she said?
It must have been very painful to go through.
Me, I am outraged by what I could read and hear.
These are the whims of players who think they are starlets.
We must not forget that the Lyonnaises benefit in club from the excellent performances of foreign players, among the best on the planet, and the latter have a big part in the titles of the OL.
Amandine Henry spoke because she was not selected during the previous list.
If it was going so badly before, she could have spoken much sooner.
There is also in this story a power struggle between the coach and the Lyonnaises.
Can Corinne Deacon change?
Of course !
She's smart enough for that.
She is aware that the situation is complicated.
Sacred union is possible.
There is still a possibility to discuss and to reconsider everything.
Noël Le Graët and Jean-Michel Aulas can, if they wish, reason with everyone.
Can the coach resign?
I do not know.
It enjoys the confidence of the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, and that's a big plus.
One thing is certain: the harder it is, the more motivated she will be.
Corinne loves challenges!