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Éric Roy, a life filled with football

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Player, coach, sports director or television consultant, the new Stade Brestois coach has had many positions in the world of football. Here are 5 things to know about Eric Roy.

A great career in the French Championship

Trained at OGC Nice, the midfielder went through Sporting Toulon Var, Marseille, Lyon, or even Troyes, clubs with which he played more than 400 matches in the top flight. Vice-champion of France twice, he made a stint in England at Sunderland as well as at Rayo Vallecano.

From communication director to coach

A year after hanging up his crampons in 2005, Éric Roy returned to OGC Nice as director of marketing, communications and public relations. A role that evolves over the years, since he then goes from sports director to coach. As a coach, the Niçois stayed 8 months at the club during the 2010–2011 season, for a mixed record of 23 wins, 24 draws and 23 defeats.

First steps on television

Unemployed after leaving the capital of the French Riviera in 2012, the former midfielder is bouncing back on television. At BeIN SPORTS, he became a consultant on the program “Le Club”, and on Friday evenings for Ligue 1 before and after the match with Florian Genton. He then joined France Télévisions in 2019, where he commented on the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue matches.

A descent into the Championship

In December 2019, Éric Roy crossed the Channel to join Watford as sporting director. He then arrives in a club which is a red lantern in the Premier League. And only a few weeks after taking office, Watford left the red zone. It was just before the championship was stopped due to the coronavirus epidemic. During the resumption, the Hornets did not manage to maintain themselves and Éric Roy then left Watford by mutual agreement with its leaders.

A controversy during the Coupe de France final

Back at France Télévisions, he commented on the final of the Coupe de France 2022, which pitted FC Nantes against OGC Nice. The Canaries won the national trophy on a penalty obtained following a handball by Hicham Boudaoui. The former coach reacts and then declares on the air: ” It makes no sense. We will decide on a winner of the Coupe de France on this penalty. It’s completely pointless. » Words that caused a reaction following his alleged lack of objectivity.

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