An era and an incredible coaching feat is coming to an end at Montpellier HB. Patrice Canayer confirmed for Midi Libre that he ends it after 2023/24, after 30 seasons at the helm of the star club.
The France men’s national team had yet to begin their run of twelve league titles so far when Canayer signed his first contract with the university town club.
From its beginnings (1994/95), Montpellier has become an essential club in national competition. The real heyday lasted from 1998 to 2012, when the golden record reached 13 league triumphs. When Paris Saint-Germain and HBC Nantes faced off and succeeded, MHB continued with an international focus, three CL trophies in the 2010s also feature in the club’s well-stocked trophy cabinet.
Canyaer has led MHB to 42 titles so far – the decision that the upcoming season will be his last as head coach definitely shakes things up.
– It was time to stop. After 30 extraordinary and exciting years. It’s a wonderful story. I could never have imagined such a great story professionally, he says to Midi Libre.
The news also reached the players on Monday evening. Club president Julien Deljarry was given notice at the end of July, including the daunting task of selecting Canayer’s replacement.
– Even if we have prepared for this day, it is not easy. I would have preferred that he gave us a little more time to prepare the sequel, says Deljarry to Midi Libre.
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