- Former Ivory Coast and France international team boss, Henri Michel, has died aged 70
- The late Michel is also a legend of Nantes Football club
- He became an African veteran manager as he coached Morocco for two stints, Tunisia at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, and the Ivory Coast during the 2006 World Cup
Former Ivory Coast and France international team boss, Henri Michel, has died aged 70.
Michel managed the French national team for four years in 1984 and is also regarded as a Nantes legend after making over 500 appearances.
Michel became an African veteran manager as he coached Morocco for two stints, Tunisia at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, and the Ivory Coast during the 2006 World Cup.
The veteran manager who was born in Aix, south of France, played for their local side for two years before joining Nantes in 1966.
That was where he remained for the entirety of his playing career, endearing himself to supporters by winning three league titles in the 16-years he spent with the club.
Nantes would pay an emotional tribute, by writing: "A legend. The legend. FC Nantes has just learned with immense sadness the disappearance of its ex-captain Henri Michel."
Michel took a step into management with the France under-21 side before being promoted to the senior team.
He then guided the side to gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics and finished third at the World Cup two years later.
He then went onto manage Paris Saint-Germain, who paid the tribute: "Former coach of Paris Saint-Germain, a great gentleman and a character of French football has passed away.
"Our condolences to the family and relatives of Henri Michel."
The French Football Federation in their tribute to the veteran manager wrote on Twitter: "Henri Michel, former player and coach, died this morning at the age of 70."
Tributes continued to pour in for Michel with OGC Nice writing: "OGC Nice sends it deepest condolences to the family of Henri Michel, his family and @FCNantes."
Ex-PSG and Hull defender Bernard Mendy commented: "All my condolences to the family and friends of Henri Michel. #BigHeart."
Former France international Rio Mavuba also tweted: "My sincere condolences to the family of Henri Michel. Rest in peace and thank you again for all that you have brought us."
A host of Ligue 1 clubs expressed their sadness on Twitter including Lyon, AS Monaco and Stade Malherbe Caen.
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The veteran manager famously guided the non-league side to victory over then first division club Coventry City in the FA Cup third round in 1989.
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