Claude Le Roy
Claude Le Roy (born 6 February 1948) is a French football manager and former player, who gained prominence at international level as coach to the Senegal and Ghana national teams. He is currently the manager of the Togo national football team.
|Date of birth||6 February 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|
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 World Cup in 1998. In between, he also coached Malaysia national football team from 1994 to 1995.
After undertaking the role of football adviser at A.C. Milan in 1996, Le Roy had a spell as Director of Football at Paris Saint-Germain in the 1997–98 season. 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 protégé Hervé 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.
In February 2008, Le Roy led Ghana to 14th position in the FIFA World Rankings, their highest position ever, but quit the post in May 2008.
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 in January 2009, Le Roy led them to victory in the 19th Arabian Gulf Cup held in Muscat. During the competition, Le Roy extended his deal with Oman for a further four years.
He became the new coach of the Syria national football team in March 2011, but resigned in May of the same year.
Awards and Honours
- "Claude LeRoy: French coach is African legend". 25 January 2015.
- Paul Doyle (20 April 2005). "Lion-hearted Leroy leading the 'Simbas". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
- "International matches 1989 - Africa". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- Amy Lawrence (4 April 2004). "Cameroon to Cambridge: Le Roy's the boy". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- "Le Roy signs Ghana deal". Ghana FA. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
- "LeRoy out of Ghana job". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
- "Le Roy dissolved his contract" (in Arabic). Syrian Soccer. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- "LeRoy named as new Congo coach". BBC Sport. 5 December 2013.
- "Frenchman Claude LeRoy quits as Congo coach". BBC Sport. 18 November 2015.
- "Togo replace coach Tom Saintfiet with Claude LeRoy". BBC Sport. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- "Weah honours former coaches Wenger and LeRoy". Retrieved 2018-08-25.