Saint-Etienne: Dupraz recounts the threats that led him to leave the Greens

Saint-Etienne: Dupraz recounts the threats that led him to leave the Greens

Relegated to Ligue 2 with AS Saint-Etienne, Pascal Dupraz left the Forez club after failing in his maintenance mission. In an interview with Le Parisien, the French technician assures that he made the decision not to stay, regardless of the scenario at the end of the season, after receiving death threats after a defeat in the League. 1.

Pascal Dupraz’s mission in Forez was short but intense. And it ended on a Sunday evening in May in total chaos at Geoffroy-Guichard. Arrived in Saint-Etienne in December in this role of service firefighter that he knows so well, the 59-year-old technician failed to keep the Greens in Ligue 1 after a lost play-off against AJ Auxerre on May 29 last.

Invasion of the field, rain of smoke on the players… After the penalty shootout won by the Burgundy club, the Cauldron caught fire. If the violence of the Saint-Etienne supporters was, that evening, at its peak, it punctuated the ASSE season. In an interview given to ParisianDupraz even assures that the behavior of part of the public was the cause of his departure.

“Whatever happens, I had decided to leave after our defeat at Lorient (2-6) on April 8, confided the former coach of Evian or even Toulouse, who denies having thought of extending at some point. of the season. After the match, supporters followed us. And one of their vehicles even hit our bus on the way to the airport. On the tarmac, I was asked to go talk to the thirty or so guys present. One of them yelled at me ten centimeters from my face: ‘You jester! You’d better keep the club or we’ll smoke you.’ This death threat was the trigger to leave the club. I understood that I would not go further than June 30 here, maintenance or not.

Dupraz “assumes everything” but not the responsibility for the violence

In the columns of Le Parisien, Dupraz assumes his responsibility in the descent. But he regrets, however, that the behavior of the supporters has been detrimental. “Failure is ours, that of the players, and mine for the 20 league games and the two play-offs that I have coached. However, the game behind closed doors against Reims on matchday 37, the shots on goal in front of the empty stands against Auxerre and the acts of war at the end of the match I am not responsible for it on the pretext that ASSE goes down to Ligue 2. I assume everything but not that.

On June 3, 24 hours after announcing the departure of Pascal Dupraz, the Greens formalized the appointment of Laurent Batlles on their bench for next season. The former Toulouse, Bordeaux or Grenoble midfielder, who ended his playing career in Saint-Etienne (2010-2012), signed up alongside the current trio leading the club: Jean-François Soucasse (executive president), Loïc Perrin (sports coordinator) and Samuel Rustem (general manager of the club).

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