Saint-Etienne: trophy, management, slingshot … The Caïazzo-Romeyer era under the microscope

Bernard Caïazzo and Roland Romeyer, presidents of AS Saint-Étienne
The two Saint-Etienne presidents announced the official sale of the club on Tuesday. While the Greens face Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening on the occasion of the 33rd day of Ligue 1, a return to fifteen years of a two-headed management that has experienced ups and downs.

It’s a thunderclap. The two presidents of AS Saint-Étienne, Bernard Caïazzo and Roland Romeyer, announced the club’s official sale on Tuesday. While the Greens face Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday April 18, as part of the 33rd day of Ligue 1 (1 p.m.), here are the five highlights of the two-headed governance of the Saint-Etienne club, which ultimately led to its marketing.

After Thomas Schmider’s short presidency at the start of the millennium, ASSE is trying to change its dimension. Back in Ligue 1 after three seasons in the lower division, the Forez club is changing everything, from managers to technical staff. In 2004, Bernard Caïazzo became the majority shareholder of the club, after being unanimously elected by the board of directors of SASP ASSE Loire. One of the first decisions of the president of the Greens is to dismiss Frédéric Antonetti, the one who allowed ASSE to find the elite after three years in Ligue 2.

In the months which follow the enthronement of Caïazzo at the head of the club, another man takes more and more stripes. Present on the ASSE board of directors since 1996, Roland Romeyer was officially elected co-president of the club in 2006, after becoming the majority co-shareholder of AS Saint-Étienne (45% for Caïazzo, 45% for Romeyer).

The two men have great ambitions for the club, as Roland Romeyer evokes in comments reported by The Telegram : “Within five years, ASSE must be in the five biggest clubs on the pitch. Today, the athlete does not go without the financial. We need to strengthen ourselves financially, to prepare for more difficult times. TV rights will not always be at this appalling level. I believe that we are really on the right track, management is now very rigorous.“The latter takes the head of the management board (daily management of the club in Saint-Étienne) while his partner is appointed chairman of the supervisory board (public relations and with football authorities in Paris).

It is the tree that hid the forest. Before finding stability with Christophe Galtier, ASSE has known four coaches in six years. Despite a ray of sunshine with the qualification for the UEFA Cup (which has since become the Europa League) acquired by Laurent Roussey after 26 years of European scarcity, the Forez club is going through difficult seasons. When the current LOSC coach takes up the torch, after the ousting in December 2009 of Alain Perrin, of whom he was the deputy, the crisis is deep in Saint-Étienne: between catastrophic results and presidents who contradict each other daily , the club is going through difficult times.

And yet, Christophe Galtier will succeed in raising ASSE. From the beginnings of his reign, he won the 100th derby against Lyon, in Gerland, on a free kick from Dimitri Payet (0-1). A first victory against the hated rival since 1994. On his momentum, the coach has enjoyed prolific results and offers the green people their first title in 32 years: the Coupe de la Ligue 2013, after a success against Rennes in the final (1-0 ). In the wake of this historic season, Christophe Galtier qualifies his club for four years in a row in the Europa League.

After his departure in 2017, Bernard Caïazzo paid him a strong tribute in 20 minutes : “In the world of football, there are twisted people, there are bastards but there are also people who prove that it is worth being in this environment. This is the case with Christophe. He is truly a reliable and caring person. Fortunately there are people like that in football“.

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