Guy Roux

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Guy Roux
Guy Roux, mai 2014, Rennes, France-2.jpg
Guy Roux in May 2014 presenting his latest book.
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-10-18) October 18, 1938 (age 79)
Place of birth Colmar, France
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1961 Auxerre
Teams managed
1961–2005 Auxerre
2007 Lens
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Guy Roux (French pronunciation: ​[ɡi ʁu]; born October 18, 1938 in Colmar) is a former French football player and manager known for being in charge of French side AJ Auxerre for the remarkable period of more than forty years and for leading the once humble amateur team to national and worldwide prominence.

A native of Colmar, Roux played for AJ Auxerre between 1952 and 1961 and became manager of the then-Championnat National (third division) club in 1961 to become its living legend and symbol. With Roux in charge the team made it to a Coupe de France final in 1979 and progressed to Ligue 1 in 1980. The team then went further to clinch the Ligue 1 title in 1995-96 and win the Coupe de France four times (1993–94, 1995–96, 2002–03, 2004-05). Among AJ Auxerre's honours under Roux are also an Intertoto Cup triumph and the 1992–93 UEFA Cup semi-final.

Roux managed AJ Auxerre between 1961 (initially as a player-coach) and 2005 with a short interruption in 2000-2001. During his period at the helm the team established itself as a powerhouse in French football and became known worldwide as an academy for top players, since it was the club where football stars such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Basile Boli, Alain Goma, Djibril Cissé, Philippe Mexès and Teemu Tainio won themselves a name being spotted and their talent further developed by Roux.

After 44 years in charge of the club, Roux retired from managing AJ Auxerre in June 2005 to be replaced by Jacques Santini. He briefly came out of retirement in June 2007 when he signed a 2-year contract with Racing Club de Lens. However, he resigned on August 25, 2007 during a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg after only four matches without a win at the helm.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Auxerre France 1961 5 June 2005 890 375 256 259 042.13
Lens France 5 June 2007 25 August 2007 4 0 2 2 000.00
Total 894 375 258 261 041.95



  • Paytashev, Rumen (2001). Svetovna Futbolna Entsiklopediya. Sofia: KK Trud. ISBN 954-528-201-0.