Former Aston Villa and Newcastle United star leaves manager's job despite winning promotion

Habib Beye was a player at Aston Villa from 2009 to 2011. He could be set for a top job in French football. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Habib Beye was a player at Aston Villa from 2009 to 2011. He could be set for a top job in French football. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Habib Beye was a player at Aston Villa from 2009 to 2011. He could be set for a top job in French football. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Former Aston Villa and Newcastle United defender Habib Beye has left his role as manager of a French club, despite leading them to promotion.

Beye has been in the managerial game for the last three years, and this season he led Red Star to promotion after they were guaranteed a top two finish in the Championnat National, which is the third tier of French football. Red Star need just a point from their final two fixtures against US Orleans and SAS Epinal to go up as champions.

Their manager Beye though will not be joining them in Ligue 2 next season though, after he chose not to extend his stay at the Stade Bauer. Red Star are owned by 777 Partners, who are in the process of a takeover at Everton, but that has yet to be finalised and is at danger of a collapse according to the BBC.

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French outlet Ouest-France last week linked Beye with the vacancy at Stade de Reims. Their manager Will Still left whilst the season was going on and he has been strongly linked with taking over at Sunderland in the Championship.

Beye played in England and France during his 12-year playing career. He began with Paris Saint-Germain's reserve team and then featured for the likes of Strasbourg and Marseille. He was signed by Newcastle United when Sam Allardyce was in charge in 2007 for a reported £2m, and he spent three years of his career there playing 54 times. Beye joined Aston Villa in 2009 when Martin O'Neil was the manager, but he was limited to just 18 appearances in just over two years and joined Doncaster Rovers, finishing his career with the Yorkshire club.

After retiring from playing in 2012, he worked as a pundit for French broadcaster Canal+ and began coaching in 2021, first working as an assistant to Vincent Bordot before taking over. Beye guided Red Star to an 11th-placed finish in his first season, and then came third last season, before going one step further and clinching promotion this term.

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