In extremis, he will not have been part of the pleiad of coaches thanked, more or less kindly, by the Ligue 1 clubs this season. But he did not wait long after the final whistle of the final match of this 2022-23 exercise to be shown the door: Philippe Clement is no longer the coach of AS Monaco.
Official press release from AS Monaco.
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The club of the Principality announces this Sunday, in a statement that leaves no room for doubt. "Arriving on the bench in January 2022, Philippe helped the team reach 3rd place in the championship at the end of the 2021-22 season, and then be in the race for another podium for most of this 2022-23 season. Despite these results and his extensive contribution to the development of young players (...) the sporting dynamic of this end of the season concluded by a final ranking below expectations indicated that a change in the head of the first team had become necessary. »
5 defeats in the last 7 games
Eliminated in the 16th round of the Europa League by Bayer Leverkusen in February and beaten by Rodez in the Coupe de France in January, the Monegasques missed their final sprint in Ligue 1: 3rd on the 26th day and again 4th on the evening of the 31st day, Monaco has lost 5 of its last 7 games (1 draw, 1 win), including the last Saturday against Toulouse, to plummet to 6th place. A place that will deprive them of the European Cup next season.
A dynamic that has attracted the wrath of its own supporters, tired of a season far from the usual standards of the champion of France 2017. AS Monaco now says it is giving itself "time to reflect in order to define the coach who will lead the first team next season."