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Clermont Foot: Ahmet Schefer – Jerome Champagne, the reasons for the divorce

These two cherished one another a lot. In any case, that is the picture they despatched again to and publicly. Shaffer-Champagne, Champagne-Shaffer. Communication, smiles and complicity. One ran the membership from afar, from Switzerland, however by no means missed a chance to indicate his communicative pleasure usually, particularly by means of social media. The boss’s different arm in arms and duly sworn “counselor to the president” was for three years the operations supervisor (together with the discreet Yannick Flavien) of a challenge they each carried out in unison. We would not put a blade of grass between the two.

But that was earlier than. The facade has simply exploded and each components fell aside final week. Seen at the resumption of coaching on June 29, we have been actually shocked by the extended absence of Jérôme Champagne, who’s normally fast to comply with the group as intently as attainable. A withdrawal that seemed much more suspect in Aurillac on Saturday throughout the remaining heat-up recreation towards Toulouse.

Among different areas of pressure between the two sides, defender Huntonji’s acrimonious departure from Angers seemed to be the tipping level. President Schaefer says he “revered the participant’s phrase to let him depart in 2022” after asking him to remain final season after promotion. On this level, the two males appear to be roughly in settlement, however for Champagne, “this exit voucher was price an fascinating supply. Not to go to a competitor for help”.

5% of the inventory?

It was at this level that Champagne stated he realized that the “collegial and unique path” that had prevailed till then had “damaged down”. Now he makes the selections himself, it has turn into a vertical system”. The press launch of the membership, signed by Champagne, will function a pretext for battle. For his half, with out denying the “painful facet of each separation”, Ahmet Şefer most popular in the preamble to congratulate the work of his late assistant: “He did an amazing job in the final three years. I need to hold the greatest moments and the feelings skilled. In any family, when there is a breakup, it is by no means simple,” the boss simply blurted out.

“I’m not leaving the membership, I’m kicked out”

Jerome Champagne (Former advisor to Ahmet Šefer)

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I’m unsure this hat trick is sufficient to appease the now former adviser to the president, who has a tricky tooth. He even forgets the ever-calm tone this educated diplomat inevitably adopted with each speech he made: “I can’t depart Clermont-Foot, which will probably be the best journey of my life, even earlier than diplomacy, the journey of the 1998 World Cup or FIFA . No, I’m not leaving the membership, I’m kicked out! It’s unbelievable”.

There is not any dialogue between Lucas Da Cunha (Nice) and Clermont Foot

If the Hountondji affair could have appeared as the remaining rub sealing the rift between the two males, the monetary dispute is clearly by no means far-off and seems as the affair’s Gordian knot. Jérôme Champagne repeats at will that the president promised him at the starting of their widespread journey “that (we) pay 5% of the shares to me and Yannick (Flavien, one other fundamental adviser of the membership). It’s a damaged promise. I do know I’ll by no means see that cash. Listening to him, we additionally guess that the variations should not new. “What I say might get me a defamation case, however we (we perceive Flavien) did the whole lot to cover some truths. He was not current. We have been usually requested, “But the place is the president?” “.

And Champagne to quote one other instance of deep disagreements over the failed acquisition file of Danish membership Vendsyssel FF, bought in a short time with losses in help. The guarded chief additionally accused his former boss of “desirous to destroy the French recruitment sector at the membership. We resisted, particularly understanding the high quality of labor completed for years by Philippe Vajois and his groups.

He in flip contacted Yannick Flavien, who couldn’t be situated. But in response to a dependable supply near the membership, he’s a part of the challenge at the moment led by Ahmet Šefer and due to this fact stays docked at the membership. For his half, Ahmet Šefer didn’t need to add to this, considering that “issues are not appropriate for Jerome, however that the membership is above the whole lot”.

“I need to keep in mind our good occasions. Jerome Champagne works so much for this membership”

Ahmet Shefer (President of Clermont Foot)

Refusing “to enter element” and rejecting any thought of ​​an unboxing “in the public sq.”, the boss of Core Sports Capital, the holding firm that controls Clermont Foot and Austrian membership Lustenau, will go no additional. But whereas Champagne, other than his presence throughout the 38 days of L1 final season, was the fundamental interlocutor at the native stage, particularly with establishments and politicians, the man from Zurich didn’t shut the door “to a attainable recruitment”.

It is the first main disaster at the membership since its takeover in March 2019, per week earlier than the resumption of the championship.

Valerie Lefort

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