"Michel Hidalgo was my friend and my master"

Inconsolable, the assistant to the former coach of the France team says his immense sadness after the disappearance of the one with whom he shared a life of football and complicity.

"Today I lose more than a friend … I lose my friend and my master. We have spent so many years together. I owe him so much as a colleague and as a man … I may have prepared myself, since I had his wife on the phone three days ago and we knew it was not going well, I take today his departure in full face. "

Circle of intimates

The voice on the other end is blocked. Henri Emile (77) takes a breath and holds the sobs that choke him as best he can. The former assistant to Michel Hidalgo at the head of the French team (1980 to 1984) was close. Over the years and his collaborations with all the Blues' selectors until 2012 (from Platini to Laurent Blanc, with the exception of Domenech), he had joined the intimate circle of Hidalgo. For him, the faithful Henri Emile had organized last February a big rally around the former coach of "Club France" in Marseille, on February 12.

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