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Corinne Diacre thanks Clermont president for backing her

Corinne Diacre said she would love to see Clermont get promoted.

Clermont coach Corinne Diacre says that earning promotion would be a good way to thank the club president for giving her a chance to become the first woman to manage a professional men's team in France.

Diacre, 41, has guided Clermont to fifth in Ligue 2 this season -- just two points off the promotion places -- despite the club having the second-lowest budget in the league.

A former captain of France's...

Corinne Diacre, Clermont's female coach, gets 2-year contract extension

Clermont Foot have appointed Corinne Diacre to replace Helena Costa as head coach.

Clermont manager Corinne Diacre, the first woman to manage a professional French men's team in competitive action, has been rewarded with a contract extension until 2018 at the Ligue 2 side.

Diacre, 41, made history when she took charge at the club in June 2014 after the brief reign and abrupt departure of her predecessor, Helena Costa.

A former captain of France's women's team who was capped 121 times, Diacre guided the men of Clermont to a 12th-placed finish in France's second tier last season.


Diacre makes history despite loss

Clermont Foot have appointed Corinne Diacre to replace Helena Costa as head coach.

Corinne Diacre in action during her first match in charge of Clermont.

BREST, France -- Corinne Diacre became the first woman to coach a men's professional soccer team in a competitive match in France when her Clermont team lost 2-1 Monday at Brest in the second division.

Diacre's managerial stint in men's soccer got off to a perfect start when Souleymane Sawadogo finished off a counterattack in the ninth minute, prompting only a small smile from his coach in celebration. But Bruno Grougi converted a second-half penalty for Brest in the second half , and Alexandre...

Clermont Foot appoint Corinne Diacre

Corinne Diacre made 121 appearances for France as a player.

Clermont Foot have appointed Corinne Diacre as their new manager following Helena Costa's resignation.

Costa, 36, resigned hours before her first training session was due to take place claiming a series of major sporting decisions -- including the signing of players and arrangement of friendlies -- were made without her input.

However, Clermont president Claude Michy retorted by saying: "She's a woman so it could be down to any number of things ..."

Portuguese-born Costa became the first female...

Costa: Clermont 'lacked respect'

Helena Costa lasted just over a month in the Clermont manager.

Helena Costa has explained "a total lack of respect" from Clermont led her to quit.

Costa, 36, was the focal point of the world's football media when she was appointed by Ligue 2 side Clermont in early May, succeeding Regis Brouard to become the first woman to coach a professional men's football club in France.

However, she quit on Monday on the eve of pre-season training, and though she failed to detail her reasons in a press conference on Tuesday morning, she published a press release in A Bola...