Sable's a happy Saint
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Julien Sable has confirmed his commitment to St Etienne and will retain the club captaincy.
Midfielder Julien Sable has confirmed his commitment to St Etienne and will retain the club captaincy.
The talismanic 27 year-old has been the subject of much speculation since coach Elie Baup departed for Toulouse at the end of last season.
Sable had the option of rejoining his old boss at the Stadium Municipal, and was also approached by his hometown club Marseille.
But Sable has decided to stay with Les Verts and has returned to training with a fresh start in mind.
"I'm starting from scratch. I made a difficult and definitive decision," he told L'Equipe.
"There are good values in that squad. I am proud to be the captain of those guys.
"Some people criticised Fred Piquionne and Pascal Feindouno, but I would give my life for them on the pitch.
"I never had anything easy since being at the club. And there are sure to be moments of doubt and fear again this season."
The Stade Geoffrey-Guichard's new boss Ivan Hasek has welcomed the defensive midfielder's turn-around, and knows how much of an asset Sable is to the club.
"Sable, he is the boss on the pitch," Hasek explained.
"He has a strong character, knows how to lead other players and he is not afraid to talk.
"Every coach would like to have a player like that."
St Etienne have their first chance to prove their problems are behind them with the visit of Sochaux for the new Ligue 1 season on August 5.