End of collaboration between Strasbourg and Frédéric Antonetti - Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace


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End of collaboration between Strasbourg and Frédéric Antonetti

Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace and Frédéric split ways by mutual agreement. The 61-year-old Corsican coach, who took up his post on 13 February with his assistant Benoît Tavenot, managed 15 league matches (6 wins, 4 draws, 5 defeats) and took 22 points to help Racing stay in Ligue 1.

“Frédéric had a job to do and he did it perfectly,” said Strasbourg chairman Marc Keller. “It’s been a tough season and we’ve given ourselves some time to breathe. He’s done a great job and I’d like to thank him. We moved forward hand in hand, in a relationship of mutual trust and esteem. I have a lot of respect for Fred.

We’ve known each other for years, but we’d never had the opportunity to work together, and I was very impressed by his ability to get everyone back together, restore confidence and recreate a dynamic in a delicate period.

But a new cycle is starting and I’m convinced that it’s better to end on this good note. We both agree on that. So, I took the decision and informed the new shareholder, who endorsed it.

I arrived at Strasbourg last February to take up the challenge of keeping the club in Ligue 1,” said Frédéric Antonetti. “It was an arduous task, but I firmly believed in the ability of this team and this club to pull through. With a lot of hard work, patience and self-sacrifice, everyone at RC Strasbourg Alsace has been able to achieve this goal.

As I’ve often said, I’m delighted to have been able to coach a club like this. I’ve shared some wonderful moments with an exemplary and passionate public who have always supported us in victory and defeat alike. For that, I would like to thank everyone who supported us unconditionally, because without them, we would not have succeeded.

A new era is dawning with the arrival of new investors who will provide the club with new resources. I wish them every success in this League 1, which is undergoing profound changes. The people of Strasbourg deserve it.

I would like to extend my warmest thanks to Marc Keller, for whom I have the highest regard, for the four months we have spent together. I would also like to thank his co-shareholders, in particular Pierre Schmidt and Christian Rothacker, as well as the members of the club, the staff and the players. I leave with the feeling that I have contributed to the long-term future of this prestigious club, something of which I am very proud!