|Full name||Fabien Mercadal|
|Date of birth||29 February 1972|
|Place of birth||Manosque, France|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
After an amateur playing career, he began managing in the fourth tier with Gap, going on to spend one season in Ligue 1 with Caen in 2018–19. He also led Tours, Paris FC, Dunkerque and Quevilly-Rouen in Ligue 2 and had a brief spell in the Belgian First Division A with Cercle Brugge.
Playing career edit
Mercadal was born in Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, to a Corsican father who had played in Division 3 for AJ Auxerre. Mercadal himself was in the youth ranks of Olympique de Marseille but suffered an injury that limited him to playing in the third and fourth divisions.
Managerial career edit
Early years and Tours edit
Mercadal began his managerial career as an assistant at his final playing club, Gap FC, before being their head coach between 2005 and 2008 in the fourth-tier Championnat de France Amateur. For the next four years he was assistant at Amiens SC in Ligue 2 and the Championnat National; he was interim manager on 23 October 2009 in a 1–0 loss at ES Troyes AC. Known for his passion, he vomited after defeat in his early career.
In June 2012, Mercadal was hired at fourth-tier USL Dunkerque, winning promotion in his first season. After coming 5th, 6th and 6th in the third tier, he was appointed at Tours FC in Ligue 2 in June 2016. He drew 0–0 at home to Ajaccio on his professional career debut on 29 July, and was dismissed on 18 February 2017 with his team in last.
Paris FC edit
Mercadal found another job in Ligue 2 in June 2017, being hired by Paris FC, who had been restored to the division after the administrative relegation of SC Bastia. He came 8th in his one season at the Stade Charléty, and was eliminated from the eighth round of the Coupe de France 3–2 at third-tier Entente SSG.
On 8 June 2018, Mercadal was announced as the manager of Ligue 1 side Stade Malherbe Caen on a three-year deal, with Paris FC being compensated for the last year of his contract. His top-flight debut on 12 August was a 3–0 loss at reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain FC. His team reached the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France via a 7–5 win at Bastia on 5 February 2019. He left by mutual consent on 25 May, after a 1–0 home loss to FC Girondins de Bordeaux on the final day and relegation to Ligue 2.
Cercle Brugge and Ligue 2 return edit
In July 2019, Mercadal was hired in the first foreign job of his career, at Cercle Brugge K.S.V. in the Belgian First Division A. He was fired on 7 October after losing nine of ten league games and losing 1–0 at home to fourth-tier R.U.S. Rebecquoise in the sixth round of the Belgian Cup.
On 16 May 2020, Mercadal returned to Dunkerque on a two-year contract, with the team newly promoted to Ligue 2. Having avoided the relegation play-off on goal difference in his one season back at the Stade Marcel-Tribut, he left by mutual consent.
Mercadal returned to work in Ligue 2 on 4 January 2022 at Quevilly-Rouen, signing an 18-month deal at the 11th-placed club. In May he received a four-match ban, of which two were suspended, for an obscene gesture on his return to Caen. He left for personal reasons at the end of the month.
Managerial statistics edit
This section needs to be updated.(September 2021)
- As of match played 5 October 2019
|Gap||1 July 2005||1 July 2008||104||42||38||24||150||110||+40||40.38|
|Dunkerque||3 June 2012||7 June 2016||155||73||45||37||227||142||+85||47.10|
|Tours||13 June 2016||18 February 2017||27||4||9||14||30||45||−15||14.81|
|Paris FC||21 June 2017||2 June 2018||42||17||14||11||51||41||+10||40.48|
|Caen||8 June 2018||25 May 2019||43||9||13||21||40||62||−22||20.93|
|Cercle Brugge||19 June 2019||7 October 2019||11||1||0||10||8||28||−20||9.09|
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- "Mercadal : « Je suis heureux d'avoir quitté la France »" [Mercadal: "I'm happy to have left France"]. So Foot (in French). 28 July 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
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- "Commission de discipline : deux matches ferme pour Thiago Mendes et Fabien Mercadal" [Discipline Commission: two-game suspensions for Thiago Mendes and Fabien Mercadal]. L'Équipe (in French). 11 May 2022. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
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