Paris FC hire Sonwild as manager.
The Paris FC 2000 board have announced the appointment of Alex Sonwild as the club's new manager.
Sonwild, 38, played for three years at the club and managed 65 appearances. He had other spells with French semi-professional as FC Rouen, FC Bourg-Peronnas, Arles-Avignon and GFC Ajaccio.
At the end of his player career five seasons ago, Sonwild decided to learn the basics of management and he rapidly received his Continental Pro Licence.
Yet it will be Sonwild first venture as a manager. The Frenchmen only has previously worked as a coach with Ligue 1's club Lorient and a assistant-manager with Ligue 2's Lens.
"He won't abandon us in a poorer financial situation than today."
'We are not afraid of Alex's lack of experience, declared PFC chairman Pierre Feracci. He wasn't the only candidate for the post but after our interview it was clear that he is the man we need.
'He shares our ambitions, he isn't afraid of lower leagues and he considers our financial problem as a challenge for himself. He won't abandon us in a poorer situation than today. This is his way of doing.
'Not a lot of people are as determined as he is. This is why he was a crowd favourite when he use to play for us. I'm sure the fans will once again cheer him, every football fan like this type of man.
Last season, Paris FC had three different managers. The last one being Gaston Diame who was close to save them but finally the team's bad start to the season [2 wins under the two first managers] doomed them, they couldn't escape relegation to CFA (4th division)
"No pressure, No fear. I'm very excited!"
'Even if he failed to save Paris, Gaston [Diame] did good work here, reported Sonwild to FootNational. I will have to build on that if I want us to challenge right back for promotion.
'When I joined the club in 2005 I helped them to get promoted in National and then to settle in the division. Now I will have the same mission but has a manager. Naturally I'm more highlighted than I was last time but I don't feel any pressure or fear. I'm just very excited!
'I'm very happy that he is back at the club. He was a great lad and a great player.
'At the time I was still young, I only used to play in cup games or to come in for ten minutes when we were winning by a secure margin. But he was very helpful and contributed to my development.
'He always had a good advice, or he could make you laugh and feel better after a bad performance. Alex would have been a great captain and he will be a great manager!
-Moïse Dikopo, the only player left from Sonwild time as a player
When we asked Sonwild about what kind of deals or approach would be make on the transfer market, he answered that "each area of the squad could do with one or two player more".
'I still haven't meet the squad and my assistant manager is currently setting up a team report for me. But I can still confirm that there will be departures. I was warned during my interview with the board that there are players who wants to leave, and we really have to reduce our wage bill, it is way to high.
"Every football club needs stability"
The reactions we collected on the social networks are mostly indicating that the fans are hoping for consistency. Louis O
posted on Facebook: "Five manager in 12 months is unacceptable. Now we need to let Sonwild the time to find the right approach with the team. If we don't put to much pressure on him, I believe he will find the key to success!"
The former PFC manager Julien Rivière
(he is considered by many fans as the club's best ever manager, read his story
!) confirmed this thought via his Twitter account:
"I wish good luck to @Sonalexwild with @PFC_Officiel. Every football club needs stability, and you can't do like Paris last season: changing gaffer every 3 months! Let time to Alex and he will succeed. I was the manager who bought him for his first spell and he always was one of my favourite player. A great mate too! So let him time, no pressure and c'mon PFC!!! #ACapitalAmbition"
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