Fabien Mercadal

Fabien Mercadal (born 29 February 1972) is a French former footballer who played as a defender and is currently manager of USL Dunkerque.

Fabien Mercadal
Personal information
Full name Fabien Mercadal
Date of birth (1972-02-29) 29 February 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth Manosque, France
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Dunkerque (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 AC Digne
1991–1994 Marseille II
1994–1995 Gap
1995–1997 Évry FC
1997–1999 Saint-Georges
1999–2000 Gap
2000–2002 Manosque
2002–2004 Gap
Teams managed
2005–2008 Gap
2012–2016 Dunkerque
2016–2017 Tours
2017–2018 Paris FC
2018–2019 Caen
2019 Cercle Brugge
2020– Dunkerque
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Professional careerEdit

The son of a Corsican-born Division 3 footballer, Mercadal had an unassuming career as a footballer in the 3rd and 4th divisions in France. Mercadal was considered an unlucky footballer who was set back by a couple severe injuries.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Mercadal begun coaching professionally with Tours FC in the French Ligue 2 in 2016. After a series of unfortunate results he was let go, and spent 4 months waiting for his next opportunity. He joined Paris FC in the summer of 2017. Mercadal is a passionate coach, known for his extravagant praise. A self-admitted sore loser, Mercadal vomited after losses early in his career.[2]

On 8 June 2018, Mercadal was announced as the manager of Ligue 1 side Stade Malherbe Caen.[3]

On 25 May 2019, Mercadal was left the club by mutual consent, following the 0–1 defeat against Bordeaux and the relegation to Ligue 2.[4] During 38 Ligue 1 games as the head coach of Stade Malherbe, Mercadal had 7 victories, 12 draws and 19 losses. At the end of the season Stade Malherbe had 33 points which was the lowest number of points the club ever had in Ligue 1.[citation needed]

After being sacked by Stade Malherbe de Caen, Mercadal becomes the head coach of Cercle Bruge. However he is once again sacked after losing 10 games out of 11, leaving the team at the bottom of the league.

On 16 May 2020, Mercadal was appointed as manager of USL Dunkerque, newly promoted to Ligue 2.[5]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 5 October 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Gap   1 July 2005 1 July 2008 104 42 38 24 150 110 +40 040.38
Dunkerque   3 June 2012 7 June 2016 155 73 45 37 227 142 +85 047.10
Tours   13 June 2016 18 February 2017 27 4 9 14 30 45 −15 014.81
Paris FC   21 June 2017 2 June 2018 42 17 14 11 51 41 +10 040.48
Caen   8 June 2018 25 May 2019 43 9 13 21 40 62 −22 020.93
Cercle Brugge   19 June 2019 7 October 2019 11 1 0 10 8 28 −20 009.09
Dunkerque   16 May 2020 Present 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Total 382 146 119 117 506 428 +78 038.22

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "La passion selon Mercadal". 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Fabien Mercadal : « C'est important de se cultiver, de ne pas être con »". SOFOOT.com.
  3. ^ "Caen : Fabien Mercadal nouveau coach (off)" (in French). foot-national.com. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Caen : Mercadal quitte le club, Courbis pourrait rester" (in French). foot-national.com. 25 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Dunkerque : Fabien Mercadal nommé entraîneur" (in French). L'Équipe. 16 May 2020.

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