Jean-Francois Soucasse (executive director of AS Saint-Etienne), said, "It's an missed season." After the loss of the Greens to Auxerre in the Ligue 1 play-off on Sunday, he is the first to speak out from club management. They were relegated to League 2 because of these terrible sporting and other events.
Instead of reacting quickly to calm the ardor he chose to wait and sit with "those responsible for this club and our everyday lives: Would you give me a speech, explaining what the disappointment was at the club [...]?" It's possible, but we have a greater responsibility.
"Today, I am the one who is suffering from failure. A relegation means that your budget has been halved. It can have serious economic, financial and commercial implications. We must act now that the feared possibility of relegation is a real possibility. Pascal Dupraz won't be on the Stephanois benches, "there was never any doubt about it."
Loic Perrin is the one who will find his successor. The club's child, now a sports coordinator, doesn't want to do "what seems easiest", but what is most effective. Jean-Francois Soucasse will be taking on the task of "reviving the club" in the next months. This challenge promises to be difficult.
Sunday night was like the regular season. Not only was the pitch a mess, with a team that is clearly not at Ligue 1 level and almost nonchalant players but there were also a lot of people in the stands.
As they did in many other matches this season, supporters vented their frustration at the end of match. This was something we have never seen in France. These are dangerous and increasing frequency behaviors.
The club is not taking this issue lightly. "The costs for the clubs has doubled in a few month, [...] today, 500 stewards and 300 police forces, force est, to see that the problems are not solved.