French professional football will have to find a new boss or a new boss. In an interview with L’Équipe published on Monday, the president of the Professional Football League, Nathalie Boy de la Tour, announces that she will not seek a second term at the head of the LFP.
The first woman elected president of the League in 2016 after the resignation of Frédéric Thiriez, she assures that her decision was taken long before the crisis caused by the Covid-19. “I had made the decision not to represent myself at the beginning of the year and if it had not been for the Covid-19, I would have communicated it earlier”, affirms the manager of the sports daily, which indicates that she will complete her mandate due to end this year. The board of directors of the LFP has yet to determine the date of the next elections.
“It’s easy to remake history afterwards”
The president of the League as well as its executive director, Didier Quillot, have been the target of criticism from club leaders finding premature the end of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships in April. “We made the decisions at one point. I assume them, they were the good ones, defends Nathalie Boy de la Tour. I did not hear many voices at the time against it. It’s easy to remake history afterwards. “
At 51 years old, Nathalie Boy de la Tour explains that she now has “other desires and other projects”. “I wish after twenty years in football [avant la Ligue, elle a notamment créé un salon sur ce sport, NDLR], on which I intend to keep a wise and attentive eye, to move on, ”she continues. Claiming to be “proud and happy” of what she has accomplished, she also hopes “to have created vocations”. “Football needs to feminize,” says the leader of the League. Codes must change. Authoritarian or paternalistic management is over. “