Welcome to the Montpellier Herault SC Thread
In 1989, the club was renamed Montpellier Hérault Sport Club after it received financial support from the General Council of Hérault. With the club competing consistently in the first division, Montpellier sought to increase its competitiveness by hiring Aimé Jacquet. Jacquet had won three titles with Bordeaux in the 1980s. Montpellier also had a group of talented players, notably Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona, Daniel Xuereb, Wilbert Suvrijn, and Carlos Valderrama, among others. Jacquet only spent eight months in charge, which was a stint described by many as chaotic. A dressing room incident involving Cantona marred the club for most of the league season and, in February 1990, Jacquet was replaced by Mézy, who decided to return to the club.
Under Mézy, Montpellier shifted back to its normal ways and surprised many by winning the Coupe de France. The club defeated the likes of Istres, Nancy, and Louhans-Cuiseaux before beating Racing Paris 2–1 in the final courtesy of extra time goals from Laurent Blanc and Kader Ferhaoui. After the success, Mézy left the club again and several of the club's players slowly began to depart for better opportunities. Despite the departures, Montpellier remained in Division 1 for the next decade before falling to Division 2 at the start of the new millennium
After a short return to Division 1, now called Ligue 1, from 2001–2004, Montpellier were back playing in Ligue 2. The club spent one season under Nouzaret and two seasons under Jean-François Domergue before finding stability with Rolland Courbis in 2007. In Courbis' second season in charge, boasted by several talented young players, such as Víctor Hugo Montaño, Tino Costa, Joris Marveaux, and Johann Carrasso, he led the club back to Ligue 1 after finishing 2nd. After the season, Courbis left the club in order to began his prison sentence due to his involvement in the Olympique de Marseille corruption case and he was replaced by René Girard, With an abundance of young talent, Girard sought to bring in veterans to the club ahead of its return to Ligue 1. He successfully recruited Emir Spahic, Cyril Jeunechamp, and Romain Pitau. Girard also brought back Nenad Džodić, who he installed as captain. In the club's return, Montpellier surprised many football pundits, locally and internationally, by finishing in 5th place and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. Montpellier even topped the table at one point during the season. In 2011–12, Montpellier won its first Ligue 1 title, finishing the season with 82 points, three more than runner-up Paris Saint-Germain. Olivier Giroud, who finished the season with 21 goals and nine assists, was the league's top goal scorer.
Expectations & Budgets
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Geoffrey Jourdren stands out as your number 1, another home grown talent. He can pull of vital save when need to in big games. Jonathan Ligali needs some development but should be able to cover if needed. Finally Laurent Pionnier should be set as your back up keeper if needed. Pionnier should also be set to tutor Ligali for his development into a top class keeper
Rating – 3 out 5
Recommendation: Whilst certainly not a priority, time is on your side to scout and look for a potential future number 1 who is capable of playing Champions League football.
This is a strong part of the team, you have a defense in all honesty that rocks. This unit of 4 (assuming you play 4 at the back) lets your focus in other areas of development. Bocaly (24) at right back, Mbiwa (23), Stambouli (21) and El Kaoutari (22) at either Left back or in the centre. Now to add to the depth, Hilton at 34 is solid, and Deplagne (20) are able to provide cover. The pleasing thing about this group is they offer you flexibility in the number of positions they can play. This back 4 is one of the strongest in the french league and can hold out in Europe aswell. Also Montpellier have signed Daniel Congré (27) from Toulouse for a fee of £4.3 Million. This will add extra cover for Champions League Matchs so you are covered at the back
Rating – 5 out 5
Recommendation: Raul Albiol is available on loan so this can make the back four even more solid