Football: Christian Constantin: “Right now the only idiot is me!”

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The boss of Tourbillon talks about the future of FC Sion, especially the continuation of his commitment and the form it could take. Relegation from the Valais club would have hastened his departure.

Christian Constantin still has questions about his future involvement in FC Sion, a club he has been chairman of 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 must squeeze it …” Question: Will Christian Constantin still squeeze lemons into Tourbillon? ? In the medium term, the issue will inevitably arise, already maintained by the person concerned. While he was ready to hand over in the near future and make Gelson Fernandes his potential successor, the head of FC Sion had to deal with the departure of his vice-president.

“The story of Gelson cooled me down, he admits. I would be naive to think that there was not a double play on his part at some point. Gelson prefers to make a living from football in FIFA than to make football live in Zion. Today, where he left me in the plan, I am orphaned by the sequel. For now the only fool is me! “

“If Sion had been relegated, we would have made Yverdon with a budget divided by five, knowing that FC Zion’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 easier to face and the prospects clearer if FC Sion had found themselves relegated this spring? Its president is not far from thinking that.

“It would at least have had the benefit of clarifying the situation. I could have more easily passed the club on to a perhaps lesser known person that I would have followed in a transition season. If Sion had been relegated, we would have done Yverdon with a budget divided by five, knowing that FC Sion’s reality is not in the Super League. You only have to look at what is happening in hockey in this township to be convinced of it.

“I can not go to sleep (…) But if I have to follow up, the project must make sense”

Christian Constantin, president of FC Sion

What will happen now? Two tracks cross each other. “Should we find new ambitions and try something again by putting the compress on again, or should we already reduce the sails?” Three weeks before resuming training, the answer is pressing. “I can not go to sleep,” CC resumes. It’s a bit like Johnny when he was leaving for a new show … But if I’m going to give a sequel, the project has to make sense.

The only virtual security: Zion will not fall into foreign hands. “Valais is a very beautiful region for holidays. Not to play football there… “It will probably scare potential buyers away, the fact that the club’s facilities mainly belong to Martigny’s promoter complicates the situation even more.

The President’s bench

Four days after the incredible result of the championship, Christian Constantin is still looking for the best solution to consider his next retirement. If all remains open, the feelings from the Rhône derby (3-3 against Servette) have not disappeared. “The last quarter of the championship was the most beautiful of the whole season. I have not forgotten the children’s smile, the joy of the fans at that time … “

Christian Constantin and Pascal Besnard on one of the Tourbillon benches on Sunday on the sidelines of the Rhône derby.

Christian Constantin and Pascal Besnard on one of the Tourbillon benches on Sunday on the sidelines of the Rhône derby.

Pascal Muller / freshfocus

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

“Didier should take care of the entire Rhône Valley as far as Geneva. He could try to merge Servette and Zion! ”

Christian Constantin, president of FC Sion

While Sion will likely still trust Christian Constantin for at least another season, Servette is preparing to see Didier Fischer, its former president, return to business. “Didier should take care of the entire Rhône Valley as far as Geneva. As long as he does, he could try to merge Servette and Zion! (Laughter) »

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