Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri is reporting that Philippe Clement “expects” to leave AS Monaco at the end of the season, and has even recently been in contact with former club Club Brugge.
Having qualified for the Champions League last season, before falling short of reaching the group stages this season, Monaco look set to miss out on the top tier of European football altogether this season. Les Monégasques are currently fourth and five points ahead of fifth-placed Lille OSC, but eight points behind third-placed Olympique de Marseille with three games to go. It looks like being Europe League at best for the Principality club next season.
Despite falling short of Champions League football, Clement has repeatedly said that he continues to “feel the support” of club president Dmitry Rybolovev. That is despite a crisis meeting in the wake of a 4-0 home defeat to Montpellier – it isn’t thought that Clement’s short-term future was in danger following the discussions, which also included outgoing Sporting Director Paul Mitchell.
Clement has been involved in the recruitment process to find Clement’s successor, but according to Tavolieri, he may not get the chance to work with that successor. According to the Belgian journalist, Clement is “disappointed by the lack of consideration that he has been shown” and is “expecting to be sacked” by the club at the end of the season. He adds that the Monaco manager is “nostalgic” about his time at former club Club Brugge and has recently spoken with the management at the Belgian club.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle