Claude Le Roy
|Full name||Claude Marie François Le Roy|
|Date of birth||February 6, 1948|
|Place of birth||Bois-Normand-près-Lyre, France|
|1973–1977||Avignon Foot 84|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Claude Le Roy (born in Bois-Normand-près-Lyre, February 6, 1948) is a French football manager and former player, who gained prominence at international level as coach to the Senegal and Ghana national teams. In 2008, he signed a deal with the Omani national football team and in 2009, he signed a second 4-year contract with the team.
Le Roy has had a varied managerial career, starting out at the small French club Amiens SC, after taking over as manager when his playing days ended. His achievements in leading the Cameroon national team to be runners-up in the 1986 African Cup of Nations, and then champions in the 1988 competition, are often cited as his greatest managerial accomplishments. He then took charge of Senegal when they reached the quarterfinals at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and returned to Cameroon to lead them during the 1998 World Cup. In between, he also coached Malaysia national football team from 1994 to 1995.
After undertaking the role of football adviser at AC Milan in 1996, Le Roy had a spell as Director of Football at Paris Saint-Germain in 1997-98. Le Roy became manager of Cambridge United for a short spell in 2004, although he only ever signed a "moral contract", and now claims he was only ever assisting his prodigy Herve Renard: "I was just helping out a friend [then-manager Hervé Renard], but we saved that club". Following his departure from Cambridge, Le Roy was appointed as the head coach of the DR Congo. In September 2006, Le Roy was named by the Ghana Football Association as coach of the Ghana national football team.
He started coaching the Oman national football team in July 2008. Oman desperately needed a solid coach after disappointing Gulf Cup and Asian Cup performances, and Le Roy led them to victory in the 19th Gulf Cup of Nations held in January 2009 Muscat. During the competition Le Roy extended his deal with Oman for a further 4 years.
- Lion-hearted Leroy leading the 'Simbas' football.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2007
- Claude Le Roy: "A moral contract only..." bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2007
- Le Roy signs Ghana deal ghanafa.org. Retrieved 16 July 2007
- LeRoy out of Ghana job BBC Sports. Retrieved 8 May 2008
- "Le Roy dissolved his contract". syrian-soccer.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 21 May 2011.