RMC Sport are reporting that Philippe Clement is set to remain in charge at AS Monaco beyond the end of the current season, despite the club’s failure in European competition leaving a “bitter taste.”
In beating FC Lorient 3-1 a fortnight ago, Clement equalled Claude Puel’s club record of winning 30 of his first 50 matches. The Belgian manager has also been credited with bringing through youth players, notably Eliesse Ben Seghir, who has quickly established himself as a key player for Les Monégasques, despite only making his competitive first-team debut in late December.
However, the club currently sit fourth in Ligue 1, five points adrift of the podium, whilst the club also suffered another disappointing Europa League exit, having failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages. The club’s failures in European competition reportedly leave the club’s board with a “bitter taste,” according to RMC Sport.
However, Clement looks set to be in the dugout of the Stade Louis II next season, unless the club string together a set of particularly disappointing results between now and the end of the season. The former Club Brugge coach’s position is further solidified by his involvement in the search for Sporting Director Paul Mitchell’s successor.
Clement and Mitchell have worked together to find the latter’s successor, and that is expected to be Thiago Scuro. Given Clement’s role in potentially bringing Scuro to the Principality club, it seems highly unlikely that he would then opt to change manager upon arrival.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle