The Butagaz Energie League elected Emmanuel Mayonnade best coach after a historic 2021/2022 exercise for Metz Handball.
The results speaking for themselves, it is quite natural that the Girondin technician recovers this honorary title lost in 2020 and 2021.
If the previous season was less prolific, the next one exceeded all expectations. While Metz Handball and Emmanuel Mayonnade awaited a European crown, the results remained more than positive. With only one defeat in the league and domination in the Coupe de France, the Metz collective did everything to make up for a white season that had a taste of unfinished business. But more than the feat achieved on French soil, it is the European course that remains historic for the Metz clan: Emmanuel Mayonnade took his team to a European podium. It is the second for the institution but the first in the Champions League following the first failure of 2019. A performance which confirms the progress of a club which has taken a long time to exist on the European scene.
“It’s anything but a personal distinction”
But as since the beginning of his career, the 39-year-old coach highlights the daily work and efforts of an environment that surrounds him: “It is anything but a personal distinction. I associate this honorary award with all the Messin staff who revolve around the first team. Technical and medical staff, with a special mention for Ekaterina Andryushina (assistant) and Nicolas Jarzat (physical trainer) with whom I have to spend about twelve hours a day. And of course the players who are the main actors of our performances. It is to them that we owe this award which comes at the end of a successful season on a collective level, with ambitions which for the most part have been achieved..”
Ahead of Pablo Morel (Brest Bretagne Handball), Yacine Messaoudi (Paris 92) and Sébastien Mizoule (ESBF), he honors his colleagues who were able to have an honorable season behind the insatiable Metz Handball: “I have a sincere thought for the coaching colleagues, who work daily in their club and who do an extraordinary job in another context and with other resources..”
This award is in addition to the five others won in 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Three years ago, the IHF also elected Emmanuel Mayonnade best coach in the world.
Proposed by the Butagaz Energie League
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