Everton FC’s new performance manager Franck Plaine has set his sights on leading the club’s Women’s side to the UEFA Champions League, and to restoring their former glory.
One of the top flight crews for women in the UK, EvertonTheir success since 2010 has been insignificant when it comes to investing in other teams more than their own, and they are currently sitting in the bottom half of the WSL table after eight games.
Former Orlando Pirates fitness director, Plaine, who only arrived in November after playing for Zambia and UgandaThe men’s national team, without fanfare, despite not working with the women’s team before.
But, whenever possible, Plaine says he watches elite women’s tournaments. This is exactly where he and ambitious new colleague, led by head coach Jean-Luc Vasseur, wants to bring Everton – Europe’s top competitive team.
Plaine told ESPN: “We want to be part of the Champions League, so we have to be in the top three. [To finish in the] top three in England Not so easy, because you have big clubs. Arsenal, Chelsea, City of Manchester and [Manchester] United – big clubs, but this is what we want.
“The club has ambitions to achieve many things in the future. We are here to try to take the club to a higher level. We will try a lot with the players. We don’t consider it as that. That pressure is just the thing that you guys see in your mind later – that goal, we want it.
“We want to play all over Europe and go to big events like the Champions League. Sure, it’s going to be a challenge, but let’s see. Being on the podium and competing for trophies is what we want. “
Plaine, who has been with the Buccaneers for three years until March 2021, won the award working with the top talents of world football at Clairefontaine Academy and Paris Saint-Germain [PSG].
But it took years of internships and trials at the doors of this industry before the Paris-born Plaine finally got her footing.
“[I worked at] especially at the teen level, with INF Clairefontaine Academy both [with] boys and girls – mostly boys, I can’t lie. A large part is in the medical center. [I worked] like a detox coach [and handled] how to deal with a player when he is injured, how to propose [for] Plaine said.
“Also, since this medical center is located inside Clairefontaine, you can have professional players come in, international players – [Hatem] Ben Arfa, [Abou] Diaby – the big players, big to rehab. “
Plaine, who holds three Master’s degrees, went on to work with more star players at PSG when he worked as a fitness coach for the men’s reserve, U19 and U17 teams from June 2013 to September year 2014.
He continues to take on youth development roles in Qatar and Malaysia which he earned through his connections at PSG. In 2018, his biggest senior role opportunity came with the Orlando Pirates.
Hired as the club’s head of power and executive ability, Plaine even had a stint as assistant coach for Rhulani Mokwena in 2019, before Josef Zinnbauer was appointed manager. permanent chairman of the Buccaneers in December of that year.
Under Zinnbauer’s leadership, the Pirates won the MTN8 knockout tournament in 2020. After they finished second and third in the league during Plaine’s two full seasons at the club, he left. in March, just before the end of the third tournament.
Marshall Munetsi, One Zimbabwe The international midfielder, often used by the Pirates in defence, flourished under Plaine’s tutelage and eventually made his own move to Ligue 1 with Stade de Reims in 2019.
Munetsi said of Plaine’s strengths, which Everton will be keen to capitalize on: “From the first day Franck arrived at the Orlando Pirates, he was full of energy and passionate about the game.
“He helped me a lot to improve the game, the diet and the mentality. I remember joking with him that when I played in Europe it would be Paris Saint-Germain, because of him. love them.
“My full debut [for Reims] in the match against PSG and we won and he was the first one that came to my mind, because we’ve always talked about that and I’m happy to show him that he plays a role. a huge role in my career.
“Without him, I wouldn’t have taken my game to another level.”
It came as little surprise, then, that after brief stints leading up to performances for the men’s national teams first Zambia and then Uganda, Everton took down.
The Toffees recently appointed Vasseur, the former Women’s Champions League-winning coach with Olympique Lyon, as their lady boss. He and Plaine both worked in PSG’s youth team, although their times there did not overlap.
When he was contacted by his countryman with the intention of taking him to Merseyside, Plaine did not need much convincing.
He said: “Communication is simple and easy. I understand him [Vasseur’s] philosophy and vision and how he wants to work – the responsibilities he wants to give his fitness coach.
“The only thing that was really new for me was working with a girl group. Working with him and [assistant manager] Frédéric Piquionne was an easy decision. It’s pretty clear and simple. “
Although he humbly describes himself as a “fitness coach,” Plaine is in charge of a highly structured performance department where – although he takes professionalism very seriously at the Orlando Pirates – he admits to being a step forward from his past experiences.
Plaine added: “At Everton, we’ve been quite fortunate with a good structure. It’s solid, so you’ll find in that part of the body, doctor, you have [a] nutritionist, you have a rehabilitation coach, a gym-focused person, you have a physiologist – follow up [and] Monitor all GPS data.
“Maybe, a psychologist will soon come to us in that department, trying to get the best out of the players – [we are responsible for the players] optimize the time we are on the field, always ready, healthy and ready.
“At Everton, the performance department looks like that and we’re, perhaps, not that far from what the men have at their disposal. The equipment is great too – it’s a training ground like a pro. of men. [team]. We’re pretty lucky with everything.
“Compared to Africa, what I can go through, I feel here, we can’t complain [about] whatever.”
Heading into the final stages for 2021, Everton next face West Ham on December 12, before a crucial clash with Marc Skinner’s. Manchester United on December 15. With just a few points separating the 4th to 10th place teams, the Toffees will be hoping Plaine’s teachings will quickly pay off.
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