Clermont names new female coach after Helena Costa departure
JUN 28, 2014 11:36a ET
Clermont Foot have named former France captain Corinne Diacre as their new coach, replacing Helena Costa who stepped down this week.
Costa became the first female coach of a professional men's club in the top two tiers of any European league when she was appointed by Clermont last month, but the 36-year-old quit on Monday citing personal reasons.
French second division club Clermont have now given the job to another female, with 39-year-old Diacre taking up the role.
A statement on www.clermontfoot.com read: "Corinne Diacre has accepted the position of coach of Clermont Foot 63 for the next two seasons and will take up the post early next week."
Diacre made 121 appearances for France between 1993 and 2005, while as a coach she been an assistant to the national team for the last seven years as well as managing her former club Soyaux since 2010.
Costa has remained tight-lipped about why she decided to step down as coach of Clermont after less than two months in charge, but stressed that it was her decision.
The Portuguese, who left her role with the Iranian women's national side to join Clermont, said at a press conference on Tuesday that she had gone through her reasons with club president Claude Michy and that she would not disclose them publicly.
''I had a lot of points that I discussed personally with the president and after that discussion I took my decision,'' Costa said.
''The president knows exactly what it is and he's the only person that I have to discuss (it with).''
She said that it was not something she had taken lightly and she hopes she will be given more opportunities in the future.
''I thought over my holidays so of course I would appreciate if I could continue but it was my decision so I have no reasons to be sad,'' she added.
''I hope in the future other opportunities will come.''