PARIS: Bahrain-backed Paris FC got off to a storming start in the French second tier with an impressive 4-0 victory over Grenoble under new manager Thierry Laurey who recently signed a two-year contract, writes Stanley Szécowka.
The former Strasbourg coach succeeded ex-Montpellier man René Girard and took over a team that narrowly missed the climb to Ligue 1 after finishing fifth and stumbling at the play-off hurdle.
Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, His Majesty KingHamad’s Representative for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, hailed the ‘great start’ after the team representing Bahrain Victorious secured three well-earned points.
Gaeten Laura, Manuel Perez, Moustapha Name and Migouel Alfarela found the net for Paris FC to give the team a huge win in the opening round of Ligue 2.
The ambitious Parisian outfit dream of joining famous neighbours Paris Saint-Germain in the top league and Shaikh Nasser believes the side’s positive start confirms the team’s ‘heroic intentions’ for the new season.
The club has strengthened on and off the pitch. As reported in the GDN, midfielder Yohan Demoncy recently signed a contract with the club until June 2024.
Demoncy started his career at PSG with whom he won the U19 championship and played in the Youth League Final during the 2015-2016 season before transferring to US Orléans.
“Playing for a Parisian club is important to me. Now I want to give my all to fulfil the club’s objectives,” Demoncy said after signing.
Likely title rivals Caen recorded an identical impressive 4-0 victory over Rodez at the weekend.
In the meantime, French media reports that Paris FC continue to seek additional investment – after investors from Bahrain took a 20 per cent minority share in the club last year.
Paris FC owner Pierre Ferracci is reported to be seeking additional equity holders for an injection of cash, with more conversations ongoing with potentially Indian investors.