The good people at Get French Football News claim to have the exclusive as to why Helena Costa left her post as Clermont Foot manager.
To recap, there was much delight and applause in May when French second division club Clermont Foot made history by appointing Helena Costa as their new manager.
Helena Costa was set to become the first ever woman football history to manage in the French football league.
Moreover, it would have been the first time a team in the top two divisions of one of Europe’s big five leagues has appointed a female manager.
Then, in a shock announcement just days before the club were set to start pre-season training, Clermont Foot announced that Helena Costa had left her post.
The woman at the centre of the story only declared that “personal reasons” lead to her departure, however Get French Football News now report a split in the boardroom at the club.
According to their sources:
Helena Costa has quit because she does not feel that she was given enough faith by the Clermont President to ultimately do her job.
She demanded that President Michy allow her to take over the role of player recruitment and for the sacking of the current Sporting Director Olivier Chavanon, but Michy repeatedly refused to allow this to happen.
It’s further reported that, much in the same way that David Moyes was fired from Man United, Helena Costa turned up to work at 6:45 on Monday at Clermont in the hope of speaking to the President about the way she was treated. The next thing that was announced was her departure from the club.