AS Monaco made its media comeback on Monday, the opportunity to present the new sports director, Paul Mitchell, and to take stock of the new project in place. One more…
The last few years have not been the most stable on the Rock. Since the title of champion of France acquired in 2017, and the good sales which had ensued over two years (Kylian Mbappé, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Benjamin mendy, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, Fabinho), l’’AS Monaco has not surfaced again, and has even more often fought for its maintenance in Ligue 1 than to aim for a European qualification.
Paul Mitchell enters the dance
After the ouster of Leonardo Jardim, the short-lived freelance of Thierry Henry, then the return of the Portuguese, it is Robert Moreno who officiates on this fragile bench from the end of 2019. But the management seems to have finally decided to refocus for shape a new battle plan, in order to come and play again the leading roles in the league, with theOlympic Marseille, the Losc, thereOlympique Lyonnais, or even the Stade Rennais or OGC Nice, behind the Paris Saint Germain. To do this, a new sports director has been appointed, replacing Michael Emenalo (November 2017 – August 2019), a certain Paul Mitchell. The 38-year-old Englishman is already a shoe size in his field, and will therefore have to clean up the club on all floors.
Bring young talents to the fore
On Monday, he had the opportunity to speak to the press for the first time. “We will invest at the right level to find talent, create the right culture and become recognized again for the best young talents“, He summed up. The Southampton or Tottenham former will also have to use all his professionalism, in agreement with the coach, to clean up the workforce.
Sales at a loss to be expected
Oleg Petrov, ASM vice president, has confirmed that 61 players were still under contract in the Principality. The fault, essentially, to several massive recruitment campaigns, most of which ended in failure. These items will almost certainly be sold at a loss, if however they quickly find takers via final transfers. Otherwise, loan solutions will inevitably be explored. And in parallel, recruits are also expected, to avoid ending up in an insignificant 9th place in Ligue 1 as was the case this season, despite the presence of the co-top scorer in the championship, Wissam Ben Yedder. How many players will remain under contract in Monaco in mid-October, when the transfer window is completed?
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