Helena Costa

Helena Costa, a Portuguese Football Manager (or as us Westerners would call her: Soccer Coach), resigned as the manager for Clermont, Ligue 2 men’s professional football team in France this week. Costa was appointed to the her position only last month (refresher).

Costa has commented that it was the club’s, and President’s, lack of respect for her, as well as its bureaucratic structure that kept her out of the decision-making process, which were part of the reason she could not continue in her position. Here’s what her press release details, which was posted by ESPN FC:

“My departure is a collection of events that no coach would have been able to allow. It’s a total lack of respect, and proof of amateurism. The sporting director wanted to sign players without my agreement, although I have to coach the team. I find it unacceptable that, within a professional structure, the coach learns of a player signing via the secretariat of the club by reading the names of players in a list of those who have to undergo medical tests.

Even more amateur still is the fact the sporting director doesn’t reply to emails or other messages five days before pre-season training starts,” said Costa, who was supposed to run the first team in close collaboration with sporting director Olivier Chavagnon.

Before her appointment to Clermont, Costa had an accomplished career with a “Masters degree in sports science and a UEFA A Licence in coaching. From 1997 to 2010, she coached Benfica’s youth team, leading them to second place in the national championship in 2005. At the same time, she managed lower league side Cheleirense, winning the Lisbon championship in 2006. She also managed mewon’s sides, winning two league titles with S.U. 1º Dezembro in 2007 and 2008, and taking Odivelas to promotion to the top flight as champions. From 2008 to 2011, she was a scout for Scottish club Celtic F.C. in Portugal and Spain. Costa returned to Celtic as a scout for separate spells in 2012 and in 2013.

As an international manager, she managed Qatar’s women to their first ever victory (4–1 against the Maldives in 2012). On 22 October 2012 she was appointed manager of Iran’s women but could not lead them to the 2015 World Cup” (Taken from: Wikipedia/Helena_Costa).

Costa’s resignation is very sad news.