Christian Constantin se pose encore des questions s’agissant de son futur engagement au FC Sion, un club qu’il préside depuis… 24 ans.

Football: Christian Constantin: “At the moment I’m the only idiot!”

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The Tourbillon boss talks about the future of FC Sion, specifically the continuation of his commitment and the possible form. The descent from the Valais club would have accelerated his departure.

Christian Constantin still has questions about his future engagement at FC Sion, a club he has presided over for … 24 years.

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This is one of his truths, which he has made into a philosophy of life: “If you want juice, the lemon, you have to squeeze it…” Question: Does Christian Constantin still want to squeeze lemons at Tourbillon? ? In the medium term, the question will inevitably arise that the person concerned already cares about. While he was ready to step down in the near future and make Gelson Fernandes his potential successor, the FC Sion boss has had to cope with the departure of his vice-president.

“The Gelson thing caught me off guard, he admits. I would be naïve to think there wasn’t some double play on his part at some point. Gelson would rather live from football at FIFA than do football live in Sion. Today, when he left me in the plan, I am an orphan of the continuation. Right now I’m the only idiot!”

“If Sion had been relegated, we would have done Yverdon on a budget divided by five, knowing full well that FC Sion’s reality is not in the Super League.”

Christian Constantin, President of FC Sion

At the end of a new traumatic season, would the immediate future have been simpler and the prospects clearer if FC Sion had been relegated this spring? Its president isn’t far from thinking so.

“That would at least have had the merit of clarifying the situation. It would have been easier for me to pass the club on to someone I knew less, whom I would have accompanied during a transitional season. If Sion had been relegated, we would have done Yverdon, with a budget divided by five, knowing full well that FC Sion’s reality is not in the Super League. You only have to look at what’s happening in hockey in this township to see for yourself.

“I can’t hibernate (…) But if I have to follow up, the project has to make sense”

Christian Constantin, President of FC Sion

what will happen now Two tracks cross. “Should we find new ambitions and try again by putting the compress back on, or should we already reduce the sails?” Three weeks before training resumes, the answer is urgent. “I can’t hibernate,” CC continues. It’s a bit like Johnny when he had to leave for a new show… But if I have to do a sequel, the project has to make sense.

The only virtual certainty: Sion will not fall into the wrong hands. “The Valais is a very beautiful holiday region. In order not to play football there…» What should discourage potential buyers is that the fact that the club’s facilities are mainly owned by Martigny’s promoter makes the situation even more difficult.

The Presidential Bench

Four days after the unbelievable result of the championship, Christian Constantin is still looking for the best solution to consider his next retirement. If everything remains open, the emotions of the Rhône derby (3:3 against Servette) have not evaporated. “The last quarter of an hour of the championship was the best of the whole season. I haven’t forgotten the smiles of the children, the joy of the fans back then…”

Christian Constantin and Pascal Besnard on one of the tourbillon benches on Sunday at the edge of the Rhône derby.

Christian Constantin and Pascal Besnard on one of the tourbillon benches on Sunday at the edge of the Rhône derby.

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Long before this happy epilogue, Christian Constantin had the opportunity to chat with Pascal Besnard on a bench. Exchanges that should last forever. What did the two presidents talk about? “I asked him if what I heard about him was true. He said yes and explained the reasons for his departure.

“Didier should take care of the entire Rhone Valley up to Geneva. He might try to fuse Servette and Sion!”

Christian Constantin, President of FC Sion

While Sion is likely to continue to rely on Christian Constantin for at least another season, Servette is gearing up for the return of Didier Fischer, his former president. “Didier is supposed to take care of the whole Rhone Valley up to Geneva. As long as he does that, he might try to merge Servette and Sion! (Laugh


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