When it comes to Football’s club president role you get various types of person taking such a position. The quiet introvert who subtly goes about the day to day business of running a football team with little or no fuss. Then there are the extroverts who enjoy speaking to the media and getting their own name in the headlines.
Montpellier club president Louis Nicollin is of the latter persuasion. The entrepreneur made his millions in the waste collection business and he is certainly not somebody who enjoys putting up with rubbish in his new job in football.
Montpellier fans do not mind as for them the man is a hero. He took over the club as an amateur side in 1974 and they steadily grew into Ligue 1 regulars and last year won their inaugural Le Championnat. In football terms this guy is an absolute saint.
He does sometimes, however, perhaps … how can you put this delicately; speaks before he thinks.
Like when he made a homophobic insult against Benoit Pedretti, bet he would die his hair orange and blue if Montpellier won the league (a bet he carried through) or when he referred to his own team of 2007-09 as a bunch ‘of retards’.
But this week he made a rather humorous remark about the standard of his team this season. Montpellier have struggled to retain their title this term and after losing 4-2 to Bordeaux at the weekend Nicollin was not in the best of moods regarding the result exclaiming that conceding four goals at the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas ‘sucked’.
He suggested that he should have seen such a season on the horizon from the get-go after they lost on penalties to Lyon in the Champions Trophy, France’s version of the Community Shield. He believed many of the players were still in celebratory mood because ‘they were the champions of France’ and that the desire had floundered.
He then reserved special criticism for Henri Bedimo. He has already said Bedimo along with Younes Belhanda and John Utaka can leave this summer and interest in Bedimo is said to come from Premier League sides West Ham United and Newcastle United.
In reference to Bedimo’s attempt in the penalty shoot-out in that game he exclaimed:
‘’When I saw Bedimo try a Panenka in the penalty shootout! Well Bedimo, frankly, what a Panenka!’’
You can watch his penalty miss at 1:06 in the video below…
I think someone needs to tell Louis Nicollin just what exactly a ‘Panenka’ penalty is?
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