Clermont appoint another female coach
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French Ligue 2 side Clermont, whose recent appointment of Portugal's Helena Costa as coach ended last week, have appointed another female coach to replace her. Club president Claude Michy confirmed on Saturday that Corinne Diacre, the former captain of the French national women's team, would take over next week.

A statement on the club's website announced that Diacre, 39, "has committed herself for the next two seasons". Costa's brief tenure came to an end last Monday and she later explained her reasons for walking away from a job which made her the first woman to take charge of a men's professional club in a major European country.

Costa, 36, made headlines when she was named in May to coach Clermont, from France's second tier. But she shocked everyone by her resignation and hit back at the club's hierarchy, in particular sporting director Olivier Chavagnon and president Claude Michy.

Michy had described her action as "astonishing, surprising, incomprehensible". But on her Facebook page, Costa posted a message, insisting her decision was "not spontaneous and unexpected, but came after a series of episodes over a period of time".

"My departure is above all due to the sporting director (Chavagnon) recruiting players without my agreement, for a team that I had to lead and be responsible for, without keeping me informed. I consider it unacceptable that, in professional football, a coach should only learn that players have been signed by club officials by reading a list of players who have undergone medical tests."