Jean-Marc Guillou: “I quit Paradou Football Academy Because Of Zetchi’s Autocratic Behavior”

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icon-writer By: Ali Bahlouli /*/ English Version: Med.B.

Veteran French football specialist who is now acting on the technical side, Jean-Marc Guillou, spoke about the evolution of Algerian football, especially as he had worked for several years for the fostering of the Paradou Football Academy in Algiers.

To this effect, Jean-Marc Guillou revealed that the Academy’s President namely Kheireddine Zetchi  always strove to run the Paradou Academy in an autocratic manner, especially after reaping the positive fruits of this school, which was set up under the sporting guidance extended by Mr Guillou in the middle of the last decade.

French technical manager Jean-Marc Guillou, 71 years’ old, who gave the clear impression in an granted interview earlier this week to “Jeune Afrique” Magazine that he was behind the founding of the football Academy of Paradou, affirmed that he had quit the Academy because of what he termed the “overbearing and intrusive” attitude of Kheireddine Zetchi who is now vying for the Presidency of the FAF Federation in the upcoming elections slated for March 20th 2017.

He also stated that the same blighting scenario linked to intrusive administrative meddling and undue leverage occurred to him while he was overseeing the Ivorian ASEC Mimosas Academy School in the recent past, thus compelling him to also leave his supervisory post grudgingly.

Asked if there is a hitch if African national squads now tend to use bi-national players, Jean-Marc Guillou said:  “Not for me. I don’t agree with Michel Platini [the former UEFA President] when he says that the players must be trained locally. Many footballers of African origin were born in France and trained there. Statistically, the chances for many of them of wearing the French blue jersey are not high.

If at any given moment the players realize that the opportunities to represent France are almost nil, and that they agree to change their sports nationality and opt for instance for Algeria or Senegal or any other African nation, where is the problem? This makes it possible to shore up the level of African national line-ups and, consequently, that of African football as a whole”.

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