Paul Mitchell, sports director of AS Monaco: “It’s a new year, and we have chosen a new face to embody our strategy. We did a long analysis after the match against Rennes (2-1, December 22), we studied the whole of the first part of the season, since the summer, and we concluded that we were not at the level we reached (6th in L1 four points from second place). It was felt that the objectives should be achievable and that it was necessary to change in order to give the best chance of achieving them.
“We have not appeared once in the top 5 this season”
We have not appeared once in the top 5 this season, while the strong support of the shareholder had allowed us not to lose key players last summer, which should have given us some time. advance to be efficient from the first day. Afterwards, we had to choose Niko’s successor, whose founding work for our project is respected. We follow a lot of coaches, as we do for the players, and we closely follow Belgium in relation to Cercle Bruges (AS Monaco satellite club).
Philippe (Clement) has the right profile, at the right time, to enable us to move forward and take a step forward. He worked at Club Brugge, in a project similar to ours, because he should progress young people while developing a culture of winning. He was a ‘serial-winner’ who won the last three league titles, and he achieved those results while improving the players and growing the club as a whole. “