Ethe girl is to become the president of the professional football League (LFP) on a “combination of circumstances”, as it itself acknowledges. The discrete Nathalie Boy de la Tour was not a candidate for the post, but on Friday, she accepted out of duty to the football pro, she knows the arcane and where it is appreciated.
Double achievement for this middle-aged blonde, petite and dressed in black : she has not only been elected president of a professional League is still very largely male – she is the only woman on the board of directors, elected Friday, a rarity in the football. But she was without even being a candidate.
A woman at the head of the LFP ? “This is what I wanted since June”, however, has assured Friday Bernard Caïazzo, president of the union of the “big” clubs. “Unfortunately, Natalie did not want, could not for family issues. But there were finally a number of things that make it has agreed.”
It is in fact the result of the hodgepodge Domenech, a candidate proposed Friday morning by the Board of directors of the LFP but retoqué a few minutes later, this mother of a family of 48-year-old has agreed to take the position.
It is “not at all” to “application default”, warned William Naslin, who works at his side at the FondaCtion du football, a body hosted by the FFF and the purpose of which “is to promote civic vision of football”.
Nathalie Boy de la Tour, “highly appreciated” the board of directors of the LFP, where she has served since 2013, is someone a “very pragmatic”, which has a “great ability to bring together” continues to Guillaume Naslin. It project manager at FondaCtion describes a “great bosseuse”, “pretty tough, which goes to the end of things” and who, by the nature of the activity that it has at FondaCtion, has a “great capacity for creativity and innovation”.
The reactions were unanimous in the output of the general assembly of the LFP. “Full of humanity, wisdom,” according to Noël Le Graët, Mme Boy de la Tour will be “a good president” according to Caïazzo, “a wonderful woman” and “not a trophy wife,” according to Bertrand Desplat, the representative of the “small” clubs de L1.
The League, “a world of brutes”
Consultant in strategy at Bossard Consulting from 1992 to 2002, she became, in 2004, general director of Galaxy Football, the first living room-large on the football. “It is this which has made me discover the world of football, its ecosystem,” she explained Friday morning. “Then I resold it and the FFF approached me for the FondaCtion, of which I am general delegate for the past 8 years”.
“It is I who is returning to the League as a director, because she is competent,” has also slipped Jean-Michel Aulas, the influential boss of Olympique lyonnais. That prevents also, about the one who is a member of the Board of directors of OL Fondation, it is a “woman in a world of gross, because the League is a world of bullies”.
A representation function
what room For manoeuvre will have ? She assured that she knew well Didier Quillot, chief executive officer of the League with which it intends to form a “duo” “complementary,” but that he should “leave a little bit of time to meet and to define priorities for the future”.
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however, the reform of the statutes of the League, entered into force on Friday, gives Didier Quillot the bulk of the executive powers. The president, or in the occurrence the president, is inscribed, a priori, more in a role of representation, since its mission as defined by the League “is to represent the LFP in the acts of the civil life, in its relations with third parties and in its relations with the sports national”.
Nathalie Boy de la Tour has in any case been elected for four years, and still has time ahead of it to familiarize themselves with this organization. “This is not an election that was expected, now I am extremely happy and I hope to live up to the expectations. We must regain the uniqueness, confidence, there are important issues before us”, has synthesized the new president. One thing is for sure, still gliding Guillaume Naslin : the League, as elsewhere, “it is there to act”.