jacques santini - fact file

2006        manager


Born on 25th April 1952 in Delle, France.

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Brought in from his post as the French national team manager, Jacques Santini was an appointment that just didn't work at Tottenham.

As a player, he was a midfielder and a St. Etienne stalwart and played in the 0-1 European Cup final defeat to Real Madrid in 1976 at Hampden Park, when he hit the bar with a header.  Made over 300 appearances for the "Green Devils" from 1969 to 1981, winning four league titles and two French Cups.  He moved on to Montpelier in 1981 and then, two years later, moving on to Third Division Lisieux, where he started his management career.  From there he took over at Toulouse, Lille and returned to be manager at St. Etienne.  He had a season as the boss at Sochaux, but his greatest club success was during his time at Olympique Lyonnais, where he spent three years as Technical Director and two years as manager.  His presence at the club helped establish them as the top team in France, where they won seven straight championships from 2002, which was the club's first title win.  Their style was as impressive as their trophy haul and it was this that saw him move to Clairefontaine to take over the French national team in 2002.

He announced at the start of the Euro 2004 finals that he would be leaving as manager when France were eliminated.  He joined at the same time as Sporting Director Frank Arnesen with a project to re-shape the club.  After France were shocked in the quarter-final of the tournament by Greece, he left to begin his work at White Hart Lane.  This involved getting Daniel Levy busy with chequebook and pen, as he signed a raft of new players to bulk up the squad.  Seven players made their debut in the opening game of the 2004-05 season - a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool.  The side were certainly tighter at the back under Santini, but were not as free-scoring as in previous years, although in the League Cup their two games brought Tottenham 10 goals. 

He left this post at Spurs just four months and 13 games into the season on 5th November 2004, citing the need to spend more time with his sick wife back in France.  Rumours and comments he made on French TV indicated that his relationship with Arnesen was at the root of his departure.  There were some odd comments attributed to Santini, claiming that he thought Tottenham was near the sea, but his departure left the way open for Arnesen to appoint the Frenchman's assistant Martin Jol as the new manager.

Santini did have a break of a year from football, before resurfacing at Auxerre for one season in charge before finally retiring when he was sacked following disagreements with the club's Vice-President Guy Roux. 


Career Record
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- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance




What they said about Jacques Santini
Daniel Levy on Santini's reasons for resigning ...  14.11.2004 (Daily Telegraph)

"I find it totally incomprehensible that Jacques claims not to have understood the role he took at this club or indeed his contract, which spelled it out.

At no time during our discussions did he suggest he had any problems with Frank. Jacques asked to leave for personal reasons. He resigned on this basis and that is what he told the players when he left. I am absolutely flabbergasted he should now say that it was not due to family problems. If this is the case, he has clearly been less than honest with us.

I am deeply disappointed and personally let down that he has chosen to make these comments late in the day. He was meant to be my guest in the directors' box today but failed to turn up without telling us.

The respect I had for him is gone and, on the basis of what we now know, we obviously appointed the wrong man. I don't know what his motive is. Perhaps it was to do with his inability to achieve success. In the last three games (since he left) we have seen the kind of football we want to see."

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What Jacques Santini said about ...
... resigning from Spurs ...  November 2004 (French TV)

"It was hard from the start.  There was a problem of where responsibility lay in the club, especially when it came to transfer policy, where we could never reach agreement."

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