Alain Perrin

Alain Perrin
Personal information
Full name Alain Perrin[1]
Date of birth (1956-10-07) 7 October 1956[1]
Place of birth Lure, France[1]
Youth career
1966–1970 SR Haguenau
1970–1971 Tomblaine
1971 Nancy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 Nancy
1976–1981 Varangéville
1983–1987 Nancy
Teams managed
1993–2002 Troyes
2002–2004 Marseille
2004 Al-Ain
2005 Portsmouth
2006–2007 Sochaux
2007–2008 Lyon
2008–2009 Saint-Étienne
2010–2012 Al-Khor
2012–2013 Qatar (Olympic)
2012–2013 Al Gharafa
2013 Umm Salal
2014–2016 China
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alain Perrin (born 7 October 1956), is a retired French footballer and has most recently coached the Chinese national team.

Managerial career

Perrin began his coaching career at AS Nancy in 1983, as junior coach to Arsène Wenger. He built up a reputation as a talented young coach whilst at the club, and was appointed to run the club's academy.

In 1993, Perrin had his first chance at management, taking over as manager of French National 2 (fourth division) club Troyes AC, quickly taking the club to Ligue 1 after three promotions in six seasons, and qualifying for the UEFA Cup. This success led to his being offered the position as manager of Olympique de Marseille in 2002.

During his time at the club, Perrin paid a French domestic transfer record for Didier Drogba. However, Perrin was sacked by Marseille, after a poor run of league form in January 2004.

Perrin was linked to a number of positions around Europe, including the position of manager at Southampton.[2] However, in July 2004 he was named manager of Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Perrin had little luck with his new club however and was sacked after a disappointing run in October 2004.

In April 2005, he was appointed manager of Portsmouth,[3] replacing caretaker Velimir Zajec, who had been in charge, since previous manager Harry Redknapp left in November 2004. Immediately, he was nicknamed 'Reggie' by the British press, and the Pompey fans, after the character Reginald Perrin from "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin". He succeeded in keeping the club in the top flight, and will be fondly remembered for the 4-1 win of local rivals Southampton, a result that contributed to their eventual relegation. However, just 8 months into the job, and after achieving only four wins from 20 games, Perrin was sacked.[4]

He remained out of football management for 6 months, before returning on 19 May 2006 to the familiar territory of the French league at Ligue 1 side Sochaux. In 2007, he won the French Cup with his new club over Marseille.

Perrin took over as manager of Olympique Lyonnais on 30 May 2007, after Gérard Houllier resigned earlier that month.[5] In his first season, he led the club to a seventh consecutive Ligue 1 championship title. He also managed to retain the French Cup which he had won with Sochaux the previous year. He left the club in June 2008.[6] He was rumoured to take over the position of French national manager, but it was confirmed on 3 July 2008 that Raymond Domenech would remain in the position. On 11 November 2008, he became the new manager of Saint-Étienne,[7] and was fired on 15 December 2009.[8]

On 1 June 2012 Perrin decided to leave Al-Khor Sports Club to take up the vacant Qatar U23 position.[9] His first assignment was to lead the team at the AFC Under-22 qualifiers, however the team were unable to make the tournament after they were knocked out in the group stages of the qualification process. Despite this disappointment Perrin continued to lead them into the 2012 Under 23 Gulf Cup of Nations where the team fared considerably better reaching the semi-finals of the tournament and eventually coming fourth overall in the competition.

On 20 December 2012, Perrin joined Al Gharafa and left just about two months after. In March 2013, he was appointed new head coach of Umm Salal to replace Bertrand Marchand. However, he resigned from his post on 30 September 2013.

On 28 February 2014, he was named as new China national football team manager, replacing Antonio Camacho. On 5 March 2014, China qualified for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia. In the tournament, Perrin secured a 1–0 victory for China over Saudi Arabia and two another 2–1 victories over Uzbekistan and North Korea. China finished first in the group and qualified to knockout stage after 11 years, where they faced host country Australia in quarter-finals where they lost 0–2.

In April 2018 he was one of 77 applicants for the vacant Cameroon national team job.[10]



As of 17 November 2015
Team Nat From To Record
Troyes France 1 July 1993 30 June 2002 3241331058641.05
Marseille France 1 July 2002 14 January 2004 603192051.67
Al-Ain UAE 13 July 2004 24 October 2004 420250
Portsmouth England 7 April 2005 24 November 2005 21461119.05
Sochaux France 1 August 2006 30 June 2007 4722131246.81
Lyon France 1 July 2007 16 June 2008 593911966.10
Saint-Étienne France 12 November 2008 15 December 2009 5820132534.48
Al-Khor Qatar 14 June 2010 31 May 2012 6524132836.92
Qatar U23 1 June 2012 19 December 2012 933333.33
Al Gharafa Qatar 20 December 2012 21 February 2013 733142.86
Umm Salal Qatar 13 March 2013 30 September 2013 1142536.36
China 28 February 2014 8 January 2016 28159453.57
Total 67728618420742.25

China PR Result

118 June 2014Shenyang, China Macedonia2–0Yu Hanchao, Gao DiFriendly
222 June 2014Jinan, China Macedonia0–0Friendly
329 June 2014Shenzhen, China Mali1–3Gao LinFriendly
44 September 2014Anshan, China Kuwait3–1Yang Xu, Yu Hanchao, Wu LeiFriendly
59 September 2014Harbin, China Jordan1–1Gao Lin (P)Friendly
610 October 2014Wuhan, China Thailand3–0Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool (OG), Sun Ke, Yang XuFriendly
714 October 2014Changsha, China Paraguay2–1Zheng Zhi (P), Wu LeiFriendly
814 November 2014Nanchang, China New Zealand1–1Zheng ZhiFriendly
918 November 2014Xian, China Honduras0–0Friendly
1013 December 2014Chenzhou, China Kyrgyzstan4–0Yang Xu(2), Zheng Zhi, Wu LeiFriendly
1117 December 2014Qingyuan, China Kyrgyzstan2–0Yang Xu, Gao LinFriendly
1221 December 2014Chenzhou, China Palestine0–0Friendly
133 January 2015Sydney, Australia Oman4–1Yang Xu, Yu Hai, Wu Lei, Hao JunminFriendly
1410 January 2015Brisbane, Australia Saudi Arabia1–0Yu Hai2015 AFC Asian Cup
1514 January 2015Brisbane, Australia Uzbekistan2–1Wu Xi, Sun Ke2015 AFC Asian Cup
1618 January 2015Canberra, Australia North Korea2–1Sun Ke (2)2015 AFC Asian Cup
1722 January 2015Brisbane, Australia Australia0–22015 AFC Asian Cup
1827 March 2015Changsha, China Haiti2–2Yang Xu, Yu DabaoFriendly
1931 March 2015Nanjing, China Tunisia1–1Yu DabaoFriendly
2016 June 2015Thimphu, Bhutan Bhutan6–0Yang Xu(3), Yu Dabao(2), Wu Lei2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
212 August 2015Wuhan, China South Korea0–22015 EAFF East Asian Cup
225 August 2015Wuhan, China North Korea2–0Yu Dabao & Wang Yongpo2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
239 August 2015Wuhan, China Japan1–1Wu Lei2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
243 September 2015Shenzhen, China Hong Kong0–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
259 September 2015Shengyang, China Maldives3–0Yu Dabao(2), Zhang Linpeng2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
268 October 2015Doha, Qatar Qatar0–12018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2712 November 2015Changsha, China Bhutan12–0Yang Xu(4), Yu Dabao(2), Wang Yongpo(2), Yu Hanchao(2), Mei Fang, Zhang Xizhe2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2817 November 2015Hong Kong Hong Kong0–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)






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  8. Tirage au sort : réaction d’Alain Perrin
  9. "Former Olympique Lyonnais and Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin appointed Qatar Olympic coach". 21 May 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  10. Oluwashina Okeleji (23 April 2018). "77 applicants for vacant Cameroon coaching position". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
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