Anelka’s fleeting passage through a small French club

Former French international Nicolas Anelka, who played for Real Madrid and Chelsea among other teams, announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the sports management of Hyères, a French fourth division club where he took office just three months ago.

Anelka, 42, justified her resignation at the head of the Hyères Football Club sports project due to the stoppage of non-professional competitions due to the pandemic.

“I do not see any projection in the short or medium term for amateur football. My experience and knowledge will not be of any use at the moment,” the former striker, considered one of the ‘enfants terribles’ of French football, said in a statement.

Anelka took by surprise the reins of Hyères F.C., a regional club located in the homonymous town in southeastern France, bathed by the Mediterranean.

Retired since 2015

In 2015, Anelka had his last experience as a professional footballer at the Indian club Mumbai City, in which he combined the roles of player and coach.

Between 2018 and 2020 he worked in the interior categories of Lille, until in February 2021 he signed for Hyères F.C.