Corinne Diacre, first woman to coach a professional French male football team


The 40 year-old coach of Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot says she's not a feminist and would dearly like the media to ask her about football.

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The thumping bass of French hip-hop blares from the first-team dressing room in the bowels of the Stade Gabriel Montpied. Players, tattoos snaking up their arms, meander along the hospital-green corridors on their way to the gym. It is an unremarkable scene at an unremarkable club. This is the home of Clermont Foot, denizens of France’s second division. They are a side of moderate expectation and limited funds — a football team in a rugby town. Clermont itself is a pretty, quiet place, in the middle of the country but a long way from anywhere, reports The Times.