Alain Perrin

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Alain Perrin
Alain Perrin al khor.jpg
Personal information
Full name Alain Perrin
Date of birth (1956-10-07) 7 October 1956 (age 57)
Place of birth Lure, France
Youth career
1966–1970 SR Haguenau
1970–1971 Tomblaine
1971 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 Nancy
1976–1981 Varangéville
1983–1987 Nancy
Teams managed
1993–2002 Troyes
2002–2004 Marseille
2004 Al-Ain
2005 Portsmouth
2006–2007 Sochaux
2007–2008 Lyon
2008–2009 Saint-Étienne
2010–2012 Al-Khor
2012–2013 Qatar (Olympic)
2012–2013 Al Gharafa
2013 Umm Salal
2014– China PR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alain Perrin (born 7 October 1956 in Lure, Haute-Saône), is a retired French footballer and current coach of the China national football team.

Managerial career[edit]

Perrin began his coaching career at AS Nancy in 1983, as junior coach to Arsène Wenger. He built up a reputation as a talented young coach whilst at the club, and was appointed to run the club's academy.

In 1993, Perrin had his first chance at management, taking over as manager of French National 2 (fourth division) club Troyes AC, quickly taking the club to Ligue 1 after three promotions in six seasons, and qualifying for the UEFA Cup. This success led to his being offered the position as manager of Olympique de Marseille in 2002.

During his time at the club, Perrin paid a French domestic transfer record for Didier Drogba. However, Perrin was sacked by Marseille, after a poor run of league form in January 2004.

Perrin was linked to a number of positions around Europe, including the position of manager at Southampton.[1] However, in July 2004 he was named manager of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Perrin had little luck with his new club however and was sacked after a disappointing run in October 2004.

In April 2005, he was appointed manager of Portsmouth,[2] replacing caretaker Velimir Zajec, who had been in charge, since previous manager Harry Redknapp left in November 2004. Immediately, he was nicknamed 'Reggie' by the British press, and the Pompey fans, after the character Reginald Perrin from "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin". He succeeded in keeping the club in the top flight, and will be fondly remembered for the 4-1 win of local rivals Southampton, a result that contributed to their eventual relegation. However, just 8 months into the job, and after achieving only four wins from 20 games, Perrin was sacked.[3]

He remained out of football management for 6 months, before returning on 19 May 2006 to the familiar territory of the French league at Ligue 1 side Sochaux. In 2007, he won the French Cup with his new club over Marseille.

Perrin took over as manager of Olympique Lyonnais on 30 May 2007, after Gérard Houllier resigned earlier that month.[4] In his first season, he led the club to a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 championship title. He also managed to retain the French Cup which he had won with Sochaux the previous year. He left the club in June 2008.[5] He was rumoured to take over the position of French national manager, but it was confirmed on 3 July 2008 that Raymond Domenech would remain in the position. On 11 November 2008, he became the new manager of Saint-Étienne,[6] and was fired on 15 December 2009.[7]

On 1 June 2012 Perrin decided to leave Al-Khor Sports Club to take up the vacant Qatar U23 position.[8] His first assignment was to lead the team at the AFC Under-22 qualifiers, however the team were unable to make the tournament after they were knocked out in the group stages of the qualification process. Despite this disappointment Perrin continued to lead them into the 2012 Under 23 Gulf Cup of Nations where the team faired considerably better reaching the semi-finals of the tournament and eventually coming fourth overall in the competition.

On 20 December 2012, Perrin joined Al Gharafa and left just about two months after. In March 2013, he was appointed new head coach of Umm Salal to replace Bertrand Marchand.

Statistics[edit]

Manager[edit]

As of 18 June 2014
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Troyes AC France 1 July 1993 30 June 2002 324 133 105 86 41.05
Marseille France 1 July 2002 14 January 2004 60 31 9 20 51.67
Al Ain FC United Arab Emirates 13 July 2004 24 October 2004 4 2 0 2 50
Portsmouth England 7 April 2005 24 November 2005 21 4 6 11 19.05
Sochaux France 1 August 2006 30 June 2007 47 22 13 12 46.81
Lyon France 1 July 2007 16 June 2008 59 39 11 9 66.10
Saint-Étienne France 12 November 2008 15 December 2009 51 16 12 23 31.37
Al-Khor Qatar 14 June 2010 31 May 2012 67 20 15 32 29.85
Qatar U23 Qatar 1 June 2012 19 December 2012 9 3 3 3 33.33
Al Gharafa Qatar 20 December 2012 21 February 2013 7 3 3 1 42.86
Umm Salal Qatar 13 March 2013 30 September 2013 11 4 2 5 36.36
China PR China 28 February 2014 Present 3 1 1 1 33.33
Total 662 278 179 205 41.99

Managerial honours[edit]

Troyes

Sochaux

Lyon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fraser, Andrew (5 February 2004). "Perrin eyes Saints job". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pompey unveil Perrin as new boss". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 April 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Portsmouth dismiss manager Perrin". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 24 November 2005. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Perrin replaces Houllier at Lyon". BBC Sport. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Pompey boss Perrin leaves Lyon". BBC Sport. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  6. ^ (French) "Alain Perrin entraînera St-Etienne". Le Figaro. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  7. ^ Tirage au sort : réaction d’Alain Perrin
  8. ^ "Former Olympique Lyonnais and Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin appointed Qatar Olympic coach". goal.com. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

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