Former French footballer and manager Antoine Redin, a name synonymous with the glory days of AS Nancy-Lorraine, has died at the age of 77.
Redin, who passed away in Corsica on Sunday, was a French Cup winner with both Nancy and SC Bastia during a coaching career that was most notable for him masterminding Nancy's rise to prominence in the 1970s.
Originally from the Bordeaux area, Redin first made an impact in Nancy as a sweeper in the mid-1950s before leaving for Toulouse FC. He returned to eastern France and to a Nancy outfit relaunched after financial troubles in 1967, initially as a youth coach and then, from 1970, in charge of the first team.
Under his stewardship evolved Nancy's best-ever side, one that featured a young Michel Platini, winger Olivier Rouyer, goalkeeper Jean-Michel Moutier and midfielder Paco Rubio. As well as posting two fourth-place finishes in Ligue 1, this team enjoyed their finest hour in 1978 when they lifted the French Cup after a 1-0 final victory over OGC Nice, which was sealed by a Platini goal.
After leaving such a rich legacy at Nancy, Redin then oversaw Bastia's domestic cup triumph of 1981, beating AS Saint-Étienne 2-1 in the final. He remained at the helm of the Corsican side until 1985/86, when he retired.
Not surprisingly, Nancy – the club he represented 87 times as a player between 1954 and 1974, and 374 times as a coach from 1970–80 – were quick to pay tribute to Antoine Redin on Monday. "His name will stay forever in the history of ASNL," a club statement read.
His funeral took place today in Bastia, with Michel Platini among the mourners.
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