Patrice Neveu, New National Football Coach of Haiti

Patrice Neveu (born March 29, 1954) is a French football coach and a former midfield player of French football clubs Angoulême CFC and ES La Rochelle. Recently, he has been appointed as the coach for the Haitian national team on December 19, 2015 by virtue of an agreement signed by Dr. Yves Jean Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF) on a two year term, renewable at the will and satisfaction of both parties. He has replaced the former Haitian coach Marc Collat (from Martinique), whose contract was not renewed. He was fired following a poor start in the last World Cup qualification campaign.


Neveu started his long career as a football manager with AS Saint Martin in June 1989. His longest involvement so far as manager was with Fontenay-Foot-Vendée and that was his second appointment to such capacity where he remained for 7 years (1991 to 1998). As a football manager, his preferred formation is 4-3-3, and his success rates as a football coach with Wins/ Draws/, & Losses are, 46.2%/ 21.2%, & 32.6% respectively. After his retirement as a player, he has managed both clubs and National sides like Niger (1999), Guinea (2004- 2006), DR Congo (2008- 2010), Mauritania (2012- 2014), etc. His previous engagement prior to this attachment to Haiti was with Mauritania since August 2014. Some of the clubs that he was attached with include Fontenay-Foot-Vendée (France, 1991- 1998), FC Angoulême (France, 1998- 1999), and Fath Union Sport (Morocco, 1999- 2000), Dalian Shide football club (China, 2002), Shanghai Pudong (China, 2002- 2004), Ismaily (Egypt, 2007).

On Tuesday morning, December 22nd, a final contract was signed at the Marriott Hotel in Turgeau between the FHF and Patrice Neveu, in the presence of Haitian football sponsors Minister of Youth and Sports and Digicel Company. The new national coach will be assisted by two French national coaches: Nicolas Santucci (goalkeeping coach) and Thomas Joubert (physical trainer). The new coach will meet his first challenge when Haitians will face Trinidad & Tobago on January 8, 2016 as part of the "Copa America Centenario" in the U.S.

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