There was much delight and applause in May when French club Clermont Foot have 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.
This has all been dashed on Monday with an announcement from Clermont Foot, which squares all the blame for Costa’s departure on the woman herself.
The statement in English is as follows:
Helena COSTA has decided not to honour her commitments vis-à-vis Clermont Foot 63.
Helena COSTA therefore will not be the coach of the Club for the coming season.
This decision was sudden and surprising.
I deeply regret this situation. I thank all those who have supported me and I am most grateful.
The operation of the Club will continue with other stakeholders to prepare for the new season.
President of Clermont Foot 63
— Francois Piraux (@F8Piraux) June 23, 2014