20 Facts About Alain Perrin


Alain Andre Christian Perrin was born on 7 October 1956 and is a French professional football manager and former player.


Alain Perrin won the Coupe de France with Sochaux in 2007, and the league and cup double for Lyon a year later.


Abroad, Alain Perrin worked for several years in Qatar and had brief spells in the United Arab Emirates and with Portsmouth in the Premier League.


Alain Andre Christian Perrin was born on 7 October 1956 in Lure, Haute-Saone.


Alain Perrin began his coaching career at Nancy in 1983, as junior coach to Arsene Wenger.


Alain Perrin built up a reputation as a talented young coach whilst at the club, and was appointed to run the club's academy.


In 1993, Alain Perrin had his first chance at management, taking over as manager of French National 2 club Troyes AC, quickly taking the club to Ligue 1 after three promotions in six seasons, and qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

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In May 2002, Alain Perrin signed a three-year deal to succeed Bernard Tapie as manager of Olympique de Marseille.


Alain Perrin was dismissed in January 2004 with the team in sixth, having lost 9 of their last 15 games.


Days after leaving the Stade Velodrome, Alain Perrin was linked to a number of managerial positions around Europe, including at Premier League club Southampton.


On 7 April 2005, Alain Perrin did move to the Premier League when he took over at Portsmouth; the club were in 16th place and four points above relegation with seven games to go.


On 24 November 2005 Alain Perrin was sacked by Portsmouth, having won only twice all season.


Alain Perrin returned to Ligue 1 in May 2006, taking over a Sochaux side that had just finished 15th under Dominique Bijotat.


Alain Perrin took over as manager of Olympique Lyonnais on 30 May 2007, after Gerard Houllier resigned earlier that month.


Alain Perrin stepped down in June 2008 due to differences with the club's backroom staff.


Alain Perrin was rumoured to take over the position of French national manager, but it was confirmed on 3 July 2008 that Raymond Domenech would remain in the position.


On 1 June 2012, Alain Perrin decided to leave Al-Khor Sports Club to take up the vacant Qatar U23 position.


On 20 December 2012, Alain Perrin joined Al Gharafa and left just about two months after.


Alain Perrin resigned from his post on 30 September 2013 after losing twice in the first three games of the season.


On 28 February 2014, Alain Perrin was named as new China national football team manager, replacing Antonio Camacho.