Mauritania name Corentin Martins new coach

Mauritania name Corentin Martins new coach
08 October 2014 09:01

Frenchman Corentin Martins has been named coach by the Mauritania Football Federation (FFRIM), succeeding compatriot Patrice Neveu.

 

The 45-year old was confirmed following a meeting of the FFRIM Executive Committee on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.

 

Martins was chosen ahead of France duo; Pierre Lechantre and Sebastien Desabre, and Serbian Milovan Rajevac in line with the FFRIM’s vision to build a new team for the future.

 

According to the FFRIM, the new trainer will attend the Mourabitounes friendly against the Atlas Lions of Morocco on 12 October 2014 in Casablanca, and will later be officially unveiled at a press conference in Nouakchott.

 

Cast in the mould of Alain Giresse, Martins was one of the best midfielders of his generation but mainly lived in the shadows of Zinedine Zidane at the national team level.

 

After a modest playing career that saw him lace his boots for French sides; Brest, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Clermont, his first coaching job was in charge of fourth-tier side Quimperois between 2006 and 2007.

 

He was named Sporting Director of his hometown club, Brest in 2007 before being elevated to the top job a year later. His was until recently in charge of Brest in 2013 but could not save them from beating the drop to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2013/2014 season.

 

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