Mendy Appointed As The Assistant Coach Of PSG Féminines
Mendy appointed as the assistant coach of PSG Féminines
Bernard Mendy (born 20 August 1981) is a French retired footballer who played as a right-sided full-back or wing-back. He was known for his blistering pace and constant overlapping runs.
Having started his professional career with Caen in the 1998–99 season, Mendy moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2000 where his eight-year was only interrupted by a season-long loan at Bolton Wanderers. He went on to play for Hull City and OB before returning to France joining Brest in 2012. Later in his career, he had stints with Indian clubs Chennaiyin FC and East Bengal FC as well as with Cypriot side AEL Limassol.
Former Paris Saint-Germain defender and France international (3 caps), Bernard Mendy has been named technical assistant coach with the Paris Saint-Germain Women’s team by sporting director Bruno Cheyrou. Mendy, 36, will work under the direction of head coach Patrice Lair.
After emerging from the SM Caen youth academy, Bernard Mendy joined the capital club in 2000, at 19 years of age. He remained in the French capital for 8 seasons, playing 247 matches (11 goals), in all competitions and winning 2 Coupes de France (2004, 2006), 1 Coupe de la Ligue (2008) and 1 Intertoto Cup (2001). In 2004, he received the Trophée UNFP for Ligue 1 Right-back of the Year. The club is delighted to welcome Bernard Mendy back in Rouge et Bleu and wishes him every success in his new role with the Paris Saint-Germain Women’s team.
Freshly-named Paris Saint-Germain Women’s team technical assistant coach, Bernard Mendy spoke to PSG TV about the new role.
Bernard, how does it feel to be returning to Paris Saint-Germain.
“I am very happy to be back at the club in an official capacity. I consider myself a child of this club, even if I didn’t come through the academy, I signed here as a teenager. I really wanted to come back to the club after my playing days and Paris has given me that opportunity. Not many people knew I was interested in Women’s football and I’m really delighted to be a part of the coaching staff.”
How will your experiences, combined with coach Patrice Lair, help the Women’s team?
“I spent three great years in India, I learned a new culture and have some incredible memories. The people there are incredible and I know that experience helped me grow as a person. I want to share my experiences and my vision of football, a vision that compliments that of Patrice Lair. Patrice is one of the best coaches in Women’s football, anywhere in the world. He is going to teach me a lot and this is a great challenge for me.”
What do you think about the current Paris Saint-Germain squad?
“We have a great squad, very talented players. I came and watched the Women’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes last season and I was really impressed. This is a great generation and we have the opportunity to achieve some great results. My first sessions have gone very well. We’ve worked mostly on fitness. I work by their sides, I’m encouraging them and we are working hard to get where we need to be.”
What are the short-term aims?
“The main aim this season is to qualify for the Champions League. A club like Paris Saint-Germain should be in the Champions League every year. We also want to bring a trophy back to Paris, so we want to win the Coupe de France. It’s tough to try and win the league, but we want to compete with Lyon. The 1-0 away loss was a very close game. We need to fix a few mistakes, eliminate the lapses in concentration to really fight for the title.”