Clermont Foot's dogged determination to become the first men's professional outfit to appoint a woman manager saw Corinne Diacre take charge against Brest in Ligue 2 yesterday.
The day also marked her 40th birthday. Cognisant of this, her opposite number, Alex Dupont, hit on the ruse of presenting her with flowers before the game. A dastardly psychological ploy. Patronise the opposing manager before the game and undermine her side.
The psychological battle duly won, Brest prevailed 2-1.
Diacre represented France 121 times, captaining them on a number of occasions. She took the job after her predecessor Helena Costa resigned before the season started.
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