Claude Le Roy
Claude Le Roy is a French football manager and former player, who gained prominence at international level as coach to the Senegal and Ghana national teams. He is currently the manager of the Togo national football team.
Managerial careerLe Roy has had a varied managerial career, starting out at the small French club Amiens SC, after taking over as manager when his playing days ended. His achievements in leading the Cameroon national team to be runners-up in the 1986 African Cup of Nations, and then champions in the 1988 competition, are often cited as his greatest managerial accomplishments. He then took charge of Senegal when they reached the quarterfinals at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and returned to Cameroon to lead them during the World Cup in 1998. In between, he also coached Malaysia national football team from 1994 to 1995.
After undertaking the role of football adviser at A.C. Milan in 1996, Le Roy had a spell as Director of Football at Paris Saint-Germain in the 1997–98 season. Le Roy became manager of Cambridge United for a short spell in 2004, although he only ever signed a "moral contract", and now claims he was only ever assisting his protégé Hervé Renard: "I was just helping out a friend , but we saved that club". Following his departure from Cambridge, Le Roy was appointed as the head coach of the DR Congo. In September 2006, Le Roy was named by the Ghana Football Association as coach of the Ghana national football team.
In February 2008, Le Roy led Ghana to 14th position in the FIFA World Rankings, their highest position ever, but quit the post in May 2008.
He started coaching the Oman national football team in July 2008. Oman desperately needed a solid coach after disappointing Gulf Cup and Asian Cup performances, and in January 2009, Le Roy led them to victory in the 19th Arabian Gulf Cup held in Muscat. During the competition, Le Roy extended his deal with Oman for a further four years.
He became the new coach of the Syria national football team in March 2011, but resigned in May of the same year.
On 5 December 2013, he became the new coach of the Congo national football team. On 17 November 2015, Le Roy resigned after leading the team to the qualifying round of the World Cup in 2018.
On 6 April 2016, Le Roy was named as the new coach of the Togo national football team, replacing Tom Saintfiet.
Awards and HonoursOn August 24, 2018, Liberian president George Weah decorated Arsène Wenger and Le Roy by the insignia of Knight Grand Commander of Humane Order of African Redemption.